KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A half dozen Chiefs won't play at Green Bay in the preseason finale Thursday night, according to head coach Andy Reid, a group that includes newly acquired quarterback Matt Moore.
Moore joined the team on Tuesday morning for practice, but with just one day of work the team doesn't see the need to press him into service. Most of the team's starters also plan to sit out the game as well. That means No. 3 quarterback Kyle Shurmur expects to start and play the first half with No. 4 quarterback Chase Litton taking the second half.
Quarterback Chad Henne won't play after suffering a high ankle sprain and an ankle fracture Saturday against San Francisco. He underwent surgery in Houston on Tuesday, but the Chiefs haven't issued a determination on his timetable for recovery yet. Linebacker Breeland Speaks (knee) also underwent surgery on Tuesday and expects to start the season on injured reserved with a possibility to return late in the season.
Wide receiver Gehrig Dieter (back), tight end Deon Yelder (ankle) and cornerback Michael Hunter (groin) also won't play Thursday night against the Packers.
The Chiefs cleared roster space for Moore by placing John Lovett on injured reserve, ending his rookie season. The former Princeton quarterback converted to a tight end/fullback role with the Chiefs, and posed as a potential intriguing offensive chess piece. But Lovett aggravated a shoulder injury first suffered in college. The club hasn't announced if Lovett requires surgery. But placing Lovett on injured reserve now means he cannot play during the regular season.
Lovett joins three other Chiefs on injured reserve. Wide receiver Marcus Kemp also underwent surgery on Tuesday for a torn ACL and MCL. The team previously placed cornerback Keith Reaser (knee) and wide receiver Davon Grayson (knee).
Linebacker Darius Harris (shoulder) remains on the active non-football injury list, but he could return to practice before the end of September. Defensive end Tim Ward (knee) is on the reserve non-football injury list and won't play this season.