NFL preseason 2022: Who's playing starters in Week 1?

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With NFL teams increasingly opting against playing their starters significant time in the preseason, Yahoo Sports will do our best to keep you updated with which big names you'll actually be able to watch each week.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs starters will play one quarter, Bears will get 15-20 plays

The Kansas City Chiefs' starters will play the entire first quarter against the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Patrick Mahomes and the new-look Chiefs offense, which no longer features Tyreek Hill, will go to work against a Bears defense that added cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft (1 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

The Bears will also give their starters some run during their first preseason game. Justin Fields and the Bears' starters will play roughly "15-20 plays," per new head coach Matt Eberflus. David Montgomery and Cole Kmet are not expected to play due to injuries. They are considered day-to-day.

Patriots not expected to play starters, Giants starters will get some reps

The New England Patriots aren't expected to play their starters during Thursday's preseason game against the New York Giants, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. The Giants are expected to play their starters for roughly a quarter, though head coach Brian Daboll did not commit to a set number of play, according to Dan Duggan of The Athletic (7 p.m. ET, NFL Network)

Lamar Jackson, other Ravens starters will sit against Titans on Thursday

After an injury-riddled 2021, the Baltimore Ravens won't take any unnecessary risks with their stars during the preseason. Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews and Marlon Humphrey are among the biggest names sitting out of the team's first preseason game Thursday.

The Titans have not announced whether the team's starters will play, though the club apparently did not bring its full roster on the trip (7:30 p.m. ET, local TV).

Mitch Trubisky to start for Steelers

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Mitch Trubisky will start at quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

Commanders will play starters '15-20 snaps'

Washington head coach Ron Rivera told reporters his starters will play "15-20 snaps" against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, local TV).

Matt Ryan will play first quarter for Colts

According to Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich, new quarterback Matt Ryan will play the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

Josh Allen won't play for Bills

Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott told reporters his star quarterback won't play Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

Jaguars starters expected to play

Head coach Doug Pederson said he expects Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and the other Jaguars starters to play "a bit" against the Cleveland Browns on Friday (7 p.m. ET, local TV).

Browns plan to start Deshaun Watson

Barring the NFL's impending suspension appeal decision, Cleveland has listed Watson as its starter for Friday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (7 p.m. ET, local TV).

Trey Lance and 49ers starting offense to play, Aaron Rodgers will sit.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said the plan is to get Trey Lance and the starters some reps vs. the Green Bay Packers on Friday. (8:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won't play in the team's first or second preseason game. Jordan Love will likely get the start against the 49ers.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Mitch Trubisky will start Saturday against Seattle in the NFL preseason. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Mitch Trubisky will start Saturday against Seattle in the NFL preseason. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Preseason Week 1 schedule

(All times EST)

Thursday, Aug. 11
Giants at Patriots 7p
Titans at Ravens 7:30p

Friday, Aug. 12
Falcons at Lions 6p
Browns at Jaguars 7p
Jets at Eagles 7:30p
Cardinals at Bengals 7:30p
Packers at 49ers 8:30p

Saturday, Aug. 13
Panthers at Commanders 1p
Chiefs at Bears 1p
Colts at Bills 4p
Seahawks at Steelers 7p
Dolphins at Bucs 7:30p
Saints at Texans 8p
Cowboys at Broncos 9p
Rams at Chargers 10p

Sunday, Aug. 14
Vikings at Raiders 4:25p