NFL Preseason Week 1 Slate Preview 8/13

Aug 13th 2023

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We're now onto the final slate of games as we look to round out the first week of the preseason. Sunday's slate consists of just two games.

Let's dive into the news, notes, depth charts, historical playing time, and notable injuries for all four teams heading into Sunday.

All depth charts are sourced from Ourlads.


  • N/A — check back before kick-off

Kansas City Chiefs News & Injuries:

OUT: RB Isiah Pacheco (shoulder); WR Kadarius Toney (knee); TE Jody Fortson (shoulder); CB L'Jarius Sneed (knee)

  • Head coach Andy Reid said each QB would play a quarter in this game. Star QB Patrick Mahomes has started every preseason opener since 2018, oddly enough.

New Orleans Saints News & Injuries:

OUT: RB Eno Benjamin (Achilles); WR Rashid Shaheed (groin); QUESTIONABLE: RB Kirk Merritt (hamstring); WR Tre'Quan Smith (groin); TE Jesse James (groin); TE Lucas Krull (tailbone); LB Demario Davis (calf)

  • According to head coach Dennis Allen, anybody who is healthy enough to play will play. He singled out WR Michael Thomas, TE Jimmy Graham, and RT Ryan Ramczyk as players who will play after coming off a veteran rest day on Friday.

  • It sounds like the plan is for the Saints' starters to play about 15 snaps with the backups getting roughly 25 snaps and the third-stringers finishing out the game, per Jeff Duncan.

  • It appears QB Derek Carr will also play in this game.

San Francisco 49ers News & Injuries:

OUT: QB Brock Purdy (rest); WR Ray-Ray McCloud (wrist); EDGE Nick Bosa (holdout); DOUBTFUL: TE George Kittle (adductor); QUESTIONABLE: RB Elijah Mitchell (adductor)

  • QB Brock Purdy won't play in this game, but that shouldn't come as a surprise as he's still working his way back from elbow (UCL) surgery.

  • We do know Trey Lance is going to start at QB in this one with veteran Sam Darnold likely to follow him in the second half, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Las Vegas Raiders News & Injuries:

OUT: RB Austin Walter (undisclosed); EDGE Tyree Wilson (foot); QUESTIONABLE: WR Davante Adams (calf); TE Michael Mayer (undisclosed)

  • The Raiders have been fairly secretive with their playing time plans heading into Sunday. This probably isn't much of a surprise with head coach Josh McDaniels coming from the Bill Belichick coaching tree. McDaniels did say the players who got a lot of reps in joint practices this past week likely wouldn't get as many in the game. Sigh.