Changes Planned for Second Rams ’16 Preseason Game

A sellout for the game was expected, with capacity about 80,000.

There will be increased bicycle patrols around the perimeter of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Saturday's Los Angeles Rams preseason game than a week ago in an attempt to better manage fans at gates, a team official said.

There will also be a different setup at some concession stands in an effort to decrease waiting times, Joanna Hunter, who handles corporate communications for the team, told the Daily News.

A limited amount of tickets for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs remained available for sale as of Friday afternoon, Artis Twyman, the Rams senior director of communications, told City News Service. A sellout was expected, with capacity about 80,000, Twyman said.

There were 89,140 tickets distributed for last Saturday's 28-24 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the first NFL game in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since 1994, the most for a preseason game in the United States, according to the NFL. The league does not announce the actual attendance figure.

On the field, Case Keenum will again start at quarterback for the Rams, coach Jeff Fisher said. Quarterback Jared Goff will play with the first-string offense "for a series or two and we'll see how that goes," Fisher said.

"We'll let Jared play into the third quarter,' Fisher said. Goff played two series last Saturday, completing four of nine passes for 38 yards with one interception.

Goff's left, non-throwing shoulder "was a little sore" from a hit he took on the first series he was in, Fisher said.

"At halftime we talked to him, he was getting a little stiff, so we decided to go with Sean," Fisher said, referring to third-string quarterback Sean Mannion, who engineered the Rams' comeback victory by throwing three second-half touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter.

Goff, the first player chosen in the NFL draft, probably would have played two or three more series if he were healthy, Fisher said.

The first-stringers will play "into the second quarter, then we'll start subbing, and go from there,'' Fisher said.

Rookie free agent receiver Nelson Spruce will miss the game because of a knee sprain, Fisher said.

The Westlake High School alumnus caught six passes for 51 yards, both game highs, including a touchdown against Dallas.

Second-year offensive tackle Isaiah Battle will miss the game because of a knee injury, Fisher said.

Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley, the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2015, will make his 2016 debut for the Rams after being held out of the preseason opener, Fisher said.

Defensive end Robert Quinn will be given the night off. He had been excused from some practices to watch his sister Jasmine Camacho-Quinn compete in the women's 100 meter hurdles in the Olympics. She was eliminated in the semifinals.

Saturday's opponent is a legacy of the Rams stay in St. Louis. The Rams annually played annual preseason games against the nearby Chiefs from 1996-2015 -- all but their first year in St. Louis -- with the winner receiving the Governor's Cup.

The game is a homecoming for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, an alumnus of John Marshall High School and Glendale College.

Reid took to the Coliseum field on Dec. 13, 1971 to participate in the Punt, Pass and Kick contest, wearing a Rams uniform with No. 34, throwing a pass shown at halftime of ABC's "Monday Night Football" game between the Rams and Washington.

The Chiefs roster includes two players who played on the high school level in Los Angeles, receiver De'Anthony Thomas (Crenshaw High School) and offensive lineman Daniel Munyer (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School.)

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