Chiefs hoping to lure St. Louis fans after Rams move to L.A.

The Chiefs didn’t have to seek the situation because it has come to them. Donovan said the Chiefs have been approached by St. Louis area fans about buying tickets and businesses about buying sponsorships.

“We got calls the day the Rams moved, or the day it was announced, with people [from St. Louis] saying they wanted to buy Chiefs tickets,’’ Donovan said. “It was probably a handful of people, not a lot. But we think if we have a good product, we have an opportunity to grow there. It’s not that far a drive.’’

The Chiefs have done business in St. Louis before. They had many ticket holders from that area the last time St. Louis did without the NFL, from the time the Cardinals played their last home game in Missouri in 1987 to the time the Rams moved from Los Angeles in 1995.

“We do have some [season ticket holders] there, certainly going back to the period of time when St. Louis didn’t have a team,’’ Hunt said. “Over time, that may grow.’’

Preseason TV is the first step for the Chiefs. They’re hopeful many of their regular-season games also will be on TV in St. Louis, though ratings will drive that decision.

“We’ll be considered,’’ Donovan said. “If we do our job and win football games, they’ll want to put us on.’’

Well, that’s one way to shorten the preseason.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts was cancelled on Sunday evening because of unsafe field conditions.

The teams arrived at the stadium in Canton, Ohio, to find that the field was in terrible shape after Saturday night’s induction ceremony. Field workers worked furiously to try to get the field into playable condition, but both teams’ coaches feared that it was a major injury risk.

The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement after the decision to cancel the game was made official:

“Due to safety concerns with the condition of the playing surface in Canton, tonight’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers has been cancelled. We are very disappointed for our fans, but player safety is our primary concern, and as a result, we could not play an NFL game on this field tonight.”

The surface of Tom Benson Field, named after the New Orleans Saints owner, was extremely hard (“like concrete,” per an ESPN report) because the paint applied to the ground had gummed up into a tar-like surface. ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that that wrong paint was used on the surface before the game.

Tom Brady: Accepting suspension a ‘personal decision’

“I have a job to do, and I try to approach it the best way I can,” he said. “I’ve always tried to do things the same way. Every day is important to me. Certainly, as someone who has been around here for a long time, I know I have to bring it every day. I think I just have to go out there and lead by example, and try to bring it, and show my teammates I’m ready to go mentally and physically every day.”

Brady was on fire during Friday’s practice, which was an intrasquad scrimmage. Although the pass rush held up before sacking quarterbacks and there was no live tackling, Brady was still 25-of-25 in the scrimmage and was especially vocal, his emotion flowing over after big plays.

“I think it’s just a way to elevate everybody’s game,” he said of his approach. “It’s a very competitive team, it’s a competitive sport and you have to bring it mentally every day. You have to have an attitude about you, and we have a lot of guys on this team that bring that. Trying to push their buttons, I love to do that. They push it back, and I think that gets the best out of everybody.”

Brady also deflected a question on whether he’s changed his approach in training camp, knowing he won’t play until Oct. 9 at Cleveland, saying, “Honestly, I’m just trying to be as good as I can be every day.”

His interview with reporters lasted five minutes, during which he acknowledged the support he’s received throughout Deflategate.

“My family has been everything to me,” he said. “Obviously the support of my teammates, and coaches, and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft], the whole team, all our fans. I said the other night, we have the best fans in the world. And we do. Hopefully we give them a lot of reason to cheer this year.”

RENTON, Wash. — During one drill Thursday, Seattle Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi got matched up with veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.

It was a one-on-one drill, and Ifedi won this round. But what stood out was how he kept after Rubin until the whistle blew or the coaches announced that the rep was over. This has been a constant throughout camp. Ifedi has mixed it up with Michael Bennett and others on the defensive side of the ball.

“He knows I won’t back down,” Ifedi said. “The team knows I won’t back down.

“You can’t be a nice guy on the field, or you won’t be on the field very long.”

Ifedi said Bennett has been a great guy to him off the field, but the offensive line and defensive line have gotten into quite a few scuffles through the first five practices of camp. The defensive line is the more talented, more accomplished group. But what the coaches have noticed is that the offensive linemen have stood their ground.

After practice, head coach Pete Carroll gushed about what he’s seen from Ifedi so far.

‘Mutual interest’ between Nick Foles, Dallas Cowboys

Rapoport noted that Dallas did its homework on Foles even before he was released by Los Angeles, saying: “They did work on him when the Rams were trying to shop him. There’s a lot of mutual interest there for the Cowboys and Nick Foles.”

With Foles sitting on his couch jobless and the Cowboys in desperate need of another camp arm, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this deal go down much sooner than later.

What’s your perception of Mark Sanchez?

It’s probably something like this: Some ups (the guy has been a part of four playoff wins, including one at Tom Brady and the New England Patriots), plenty of downs, he has been the butt (fumble) of jokes and ultimately a quarterback whose career has been unfulfilling.

Sanchez has a chance to change all of that.

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with landing on the Denver Broncos as their presumptive Week 1 starter. Sanchez finds himself on a team that just won a Super Bowl, so anything less this season is a step back. He’s replacing Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. The challenge is unmistakable.

But it’s also an amazing opportunity for Sanchez, just before his 30th birthday, to rewrite his NFL story.

“It’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade anything — the good, the bad, the ugly — and it’s been so fun. Now this is just this gift-wrapped opportunity,” Sanchez said. “You don’t want to squander this. This is a real shot to finish your career the way you want.”

Sanchez doesn’t have the starting job yet. So far in training camp he has mostly split first-team repetitions with Trevor Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round pick. This year’s first-round pick, Paxton Lynch, is still on the third team as he struggles through rookie inconsistency. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that nothing has been decided, and preseason games will matter.

“I don’t think anybody has taken off and done anything,” Kubiak said.

Stabler was part-man, part-living legend before he died in 2015. His off-field lifestyle coupled with his on-field heroics made for a unique persona. He kept fans on the edge of their seats when he was leading fourth-quarter touchdown drives, but also when he was partying during the offseason — or on Saturday nights before games. “The monotony of camp was so oppressive,” he wrote in his autobiography, “that without the diversions of whiskey and women, those of us who were wired for activity and no more than six hours sleep a night might have gone berserk.”

His football legacy is as the figurehead of the 1970s Raiders, a role his personality perfectly suited. In his first playoff game in 1972, Stabler came in as a backup and scrambled for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:13 remaining to give Oakland a 7-6 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (Yep, that’s the forgotten part of the Immaculate Reception game). That set the stage for six unforgettable years. He won playoff games in five straight seasons, often with heroics. Stabler wasn’t the most talented quarterback, but he carved out quite the spot for himself in NFL lore.

Injuries: Dion Jordan on NFI list; Foster activated

Here are other injuries we’ve been tracking on Sunday:

1. Kony Ealy is in concussion protocol and didn’t practice after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit Saturday, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera told the Charlotte Observer.

2. Sammy Watkins (foot) has passed the Bills’ conditioning test, but he remains on the PUP list, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team is being cautious before clearing him to return to the practice field.

3. Falcons coach Dan Quinn says wideout Julio Jones could be back to full-go on Tuesday. Jones did about 50 percent of practice Sunday.

4. Niners placed safety Jaquiski Tartt on the active/non-football injury list. Tartt will still count on the 90-man roster.

5. Giants wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. left practice early with a minor injury. He suffered a few cuts from being stepped on.

6. Patriots receiver Chris Hogan left practice early with a shoulder injury, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported.

7. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Sam Brenner is under evaluation for a concussion.

The Broncos placed nose tackle Phil Taylor (knee) on injured reserve, the team announced. In a corresponding move, the team signed defensive end Billy Winn.

8. Seahawks third-round pick C.J. Prosise tweaked his hamstring on Saturday and didn’t work out on Sunday, NFL Media’s James Palmer reported. Tight end Cooper Helfet has a foot injury. His date to return is unknown.

9. Colts first-round pick Ryan Kelly left practice Sunday with his shoulder wrapped. Kelly observed practice after participating earlier. Team spokesman said Kelly’s injury is “not serious” and coach Chuck Pagano will not have an update on the player’s status until Monday.

10. Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton, who was carted off Sunday, suffered a strained hamstring, source said after his MRI. It’s believed Newton will be sidelined a few weeks.

11. Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin was carted off the field Sunday. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Austin experienced cramping and added the receiver had skipped lunch.

12. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is waiting for test results on receiver Stevie Johnson’s knee. McCoy said more information will be available Monday.

Ben Roethlisberger is not happy about Martavis Bryant’s year-long suspension.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is not only upset about missing the dynamic wide receiver on the field, but disappointed about Bryant not being completely honest about the circumstances surrounding his suspension.

Big Ben said he hasn’t talked to his maligned receiver recently and called out Bryant for not responding overtures.

“I kind of put it on his plate. I would love to talk to him, but I have to let him make the move, he needs to reach out to me because I’ve tried and done those things,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not trying to be rude or mean, but I think he needs to do that, like grow up and reach out and talk to me, anybody. I know he talks to Markus (Wheaton).”