Kansas City Chiefs backups rally to beat Green Bay Packers in final preseason game

Chiefs cornerback Will Redmond, below, breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown during the first half of their preseason game in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. (AP photo)


— The biggest stars to play for Green Bay and Kansas City on Thursday night won’t be around for the season opener, and it won’t be because they’re backups about to get cut.

Demetrius Harris caught an early touchdown pass for the Chiefs, and Aaron Jones ran for 34 yards and a score for the Packers, then KC rallied in a game of backups and also-rans for a 33-21 victory in the preseason finale for both teams.

Harris, expected to back up Travis Kelce at tight end, is suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And Jones, Green Bay’s backup running back, is out the first two games for violating the same policy during the offseason.

They were two of just a handful of recognizable names to even take the field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Chiefs counterpart Andy Reid had seen enough from their starters in training camp and the preseason, so they turned the game over to a plethora of backups trying to make the team — or, at least latch onto the practice squad when rosters are trimmed this weekend.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones, front right, celebrates his touchdown during the first half of a preseason game against the Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. (AP photo)

DeShone Kizer started for Green Bay and was 5 of 7 for 57 yards with a touchdown and a pick. The 2017 second-round draft choice of the Browns, Kizer is expected to back up Aaron Rodgers after the trade of erstwhile backup Brett Hundley to the Seahawks earlier this week.

“The quarterback focus was to get DeShone two series. Obviously he had the high throw on the first series,” McCarthy said. “We definitely accomplished that and it’ll be a good tape to evaluate.”

The Packers actually jumped to a 21-10 lead, but the Chiefs began to force turnovers against third-string quarterback Tim Boyle.