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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Rodney McLeod Eagles Jersey . -- The third preseason game is usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the one time in the four-game series when starters play into the third quarter as if the outcome mattered.It will be hard for the Kansas City Chiefs to approach Saturdays game in Chicago that way.Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the final practice of the week Thursday that several starters and backups will not play due to injuries and their rehab situation. Among them are pass rusher Tamba Hali, running backs Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West and linebacker Josh Mauga.We were able to get some good work out of some of the guys who were hurt, Reid said. I thought that was important this week. But they have a couple more weeks before we start and we have one more game after this.The fourth preseason game is usually the game where starters play the fewest snaps, ensuring that they remain healthy for the games that count. But in this unorthodox preseason, big names such as Hali and Charles may find their way onto the field against Green Bay.Hali returned to practice this week after offseason knee surgery, though the Chiefs are taking a slow approach to working him into the mix. He routinely sits out some of the drills, much like he did last season, when he would only play on Sunday.Charles has been back for a couple weeks after surgery to repair his ACL last season. But much like Hali, Reid has taken a slow-and-steady approach to getting him back to work.The common denominator with both of them: They have done this before. Hali is entering his 11th year in the league, Charles is entering his ninth. So its not as if they need meaningless preseason games, even if its only to shake off the rust.Asked if they would play at all in the preseason, Reid replied: Only if I feel like theyre right. I think theyre all right, but Im not going to stick them out there if theres a question.Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy certainly isnt worried about Charles, who is coming back from a torn ACL for the second time.Hes done a great job this entire offseason, Bieniemy said. Hes right where he needs to be.West has been dealing with a mild elbow sprain that he sustained in the Chiefs first preseason game. He practiced Thursday wearing a bulky brace but, like Hali and Charles, is not going to be rushed back onto the field.Mauga continues to miss time with a groin injury. The presumptive starter alongside Derrick Johnson in the middle of the Chiefs defense was also inactive for Kansas Citys first two preseason games, which has raised the importance of the competition between Justin March and Ramik Wilson.Other players who will be inactive on Saturday include Tyler Bray, who is trying to earn a spot as the third-string quarterback behind Alex Smith and Nick Foles, and Dezman Moses, who is trying to prove he can prove depth at linebacker with Justin Houston out for the foreseeable future.One name not on the list? Phillip Gaines.The cornerback is also coming back from a torn ACL sustained last season, and hes first in line to start opposite defensive rookie of the year Marcus Peters. Gaines was inactive for the first two preseason games but participated more in practice this week and could play against the Bears.Theres a good chance, Reid said. Well see how he did today.Game notes Reid said the starters will play into the third quarter, then give way to the backups and third-teamers. He also hopes to get all four available QBs into the game with Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan also trying to earn a roster spot.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Jason Peters Eagles Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Brandon Flowers Chargers Jersey . Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable.As Gary Rowett prepares to celebrate a year in charge of Birmingham City, Sky Sports get the inside track from Paul Caddis on what has been a remarkable turnaround at St Andrews… Birmingham City are living proof that a year in football is a long time.Rewind 12 months and the club looked in disarray. Having endured a dismal start to the season, the Blues were once again major contenders for the drop just months after saving themselves from the indignity of relegation to League One on the final day of the previous campaign.  Lee Clark, the man that had inspired that final-day reprieve, paid the price for Birminghams dreadful start, dismissed with the club languishing in 21st spot and having won only two of their opening 12 matches. His immediate departure did not bring any respite for Birmingham from their poor form. A 1-0 away loss to Blackburn Rovers was followed by a humiliating 8-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, the clubs worst loss at St Andrews in their 139-year history. The situation looked desperate.Step forward Gary Rowett. He came on to the training field the first day and told us he wanted us to be organised and fit, recalls Birmingham defender Paul Caddis. The first day we did some running, which was pretty tough, but we knew from that day on that this manager wanted us to be fit. We started doing a lot more gym work as well. He wanted us stronger as well as fitter.He wanted us to play high tempo. He drilled that into us day by day, to be organised and work as a unit and the work we did then we still do to this day. Each player that goes on that pitch knows what the manager expects of him. Paul Caddis scored the goal that secured Birminghams survival on the final day of the 2013-14 season Rowett would surely have been forgiven if he had decided against taking up the post at his former club. The 41-year-old, who enjoyed two seasons at Birmingham between 1998 and 2000, was going well as manager of League Two Burton Albion and laid the groundwork for the clubs title-winning campaign, which was completed by his successor Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.But, the lure of reviving his old sides fortunes proved too much for Rowett. His Burton backroom staff of Kevin Summerfield, Kevin Poole and Mark Sale - all former Birmingham players - followed him in making the move.Appointed just days before a daunting trip to high-flying local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who then sat third in the Championship - level on points with leaders Derby County - Rowetts time to inspire an immediate change in fortunes was limited. But, against the odds, the side which had shipped eight goals the previous week produced a display of pure resilience, thwarting Wolves to claim a goalless draw at Molineux.  The defeat to Bournemouth is by far the worst moment of my football career. It was not good enough by any means and it was clear to see we needed a manager at the side of the pitch. The boys, the fans and the club were all down in the dumps and it could not get much worse than that, Caddis said. When the manager did come in, he mentioned on his first day that he would never talk about the Bournemouth game. He said its all about from when he came in and what he expects from us, not what has happened in the past. There was a clean slate and that was very refreshing. Going from losing 8-0 at home to Bournemouth to getting a point at Wolves was very big for us at that point in time.The result did not lift Birmingham out of the relegation zone, but it did renew belief among the playing squad. A 2-1 victory over league leaders Watford followed, with Rowett going on to lead his new side to seven wins from his opening 11 matches as manager, losing just twice. That run even included a 6-1 thumping of Reading, Caddis notching the opening goal of that match. A remarkable turnaround given the situation Rowett had encountered on his arrival. We got the sense from the supporters at his first home game against Watford that he was one of their own. Instantly there was a buzz about the fans and we sensed that off them, Caddis added.  Caddis has played his part in the revival under Rowett That new sense of optimism swept around the club and a late surge towards the play-off positions was even being whispered by some supporters. It would have been a truly unthinkable prospect a matter of months previous, but the Rowett effect was showing no signs of slowing down. In the end, the task proved a little too much, though Rowett and his Birmingham sidee have already shown this season that they will be serious contenders for promotion to the Premier League. Joey Bosa Chargers Jersey.  He has brought so much happiness back to the football club. It is unbelievable what he has done, said Caddis. Seeing different people smiling every day at training, rather than being on edge and scared to talk about the weekend result if it was negative. Win, lose or draw, now theres a feel good factor back about the place.Victory at Bolton Wanderers, earlier this month, lifted Birmingham to the heady heights of second place and provided a reminder to the Championships promotion favourites of their intentions. A 2-0 defeat at Hull City in Rowetts 50th game in charge last weekend provided a slight dampener, but not enough to halt the growing belief in the squads ranks. Birmingham winger Demarai Gray has impressed recently Expectations rise in football when you are doing well, thats normal, said Caddis. At the same time, were not silly, we know this Championship is a very, very tough league and that weve had a good start. We know it can all change within three or four games, a few bad results and you can end up 12th or 13th in the table. The manager has always said do as well as you can and if you can do that, wherever we end up I am happy with that.Every team targets the play-offs though, but why just target for the play-offs, why not target coming in the top two or to win the league and see what happens from there? We saw it with Burnley a couple of seasons ago, nobody expected them to go up, but they were organised and had some good individual players. Rowett reflects on year in charge Given the financial constraints at the club, Rowett has also had to prove himself savvy in the transfer market and continue his fine work with the existing squad.Birmingham are currently owned by Birmingham International Holdings (BIH), an investment holding company originally set up by Carson Yeung. The Hong Kong businessman, who purchased the club from David Gold and David Sullivan in October 2009, was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to six years in prison in March 2014. Despite having previously lost an appeal in May to quash his conviction, Yeung was released from prison on bail in August and granted the right to challenge his conviction once again.Receivers, Ernst and Young, have been running BIH since February, leaving few funds available for Rowett, as they seek new owners for the club while Yeung battles to clear his name. Birmingham currently sit in sixth place, five points behind leaders Brighton Hove and Albion I imagine the budget he has got to work with is a lot less than some of the other clubs in the Championship, Caddis said. That has made what he has done an even better achievement. I have played in League One and League Two and there are a lot of players in the team that have worked their way up the leagues.But the best thing about us is that theres no one player that stands out more than another member of the squad. Obviously weve got a lot of good young talent, like Demarai Gray who is doing really well, but were a very tight knit group and weve all been down the leagues and worked our way up. Sometimes I think that can be better. It will be a sense of déjà vu for Rowett on Saturday as he celebrates a year in charge with a home match against his first opponents Wolves, live on Sky Sports 1HD from 12.00pm.Caddis added: Derbies are special games, they have always got that little bit of edge. When you play at home in derby games, the home section is that little bit busier and they are great games to be involved in, but even better when you win them.Its a fantastic feeling to hear the fans after the match. But, at this stage, its no more than three points so it doesnt matter if we are playing Wolves at home or Rotherham at home, its three points that we are looking to get. Get a Sky Sports Pass No subscription? No problem. Watch the Football League without a contract from £6.99 on NOW TV. 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