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Fasano's return could provide a boost

10/16/2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs thought they were set at tight end when they began training camp. They signed veteran free-agent Anthony Fasano, welcomed back a seemingly healthy Tony Moeaki and drafted the pass-catching Travis Kelce in the third round.

Part of the reason the passing game has been something less than the Chiefs envisioned is they have a total of four catches from those players. Moeaki injured a shoulder in the preseason and is out for the year. Kelce didn't play a snap on offense all season because of a knee injury and last week had his season ended when he was placed on injured reserve. Fasano played in the season's first two games, catching four passes before injuring his knee and ankle. He hasn't played since.

Fasano returned to practice Wednesday. He said barring a setback he would be available Sunday when the Chiefs play against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.

It's unlikely his return alone will revive the passing game, particularly because Fasano didn't sound confident he would be 100 percent.

"It's a frustrating injury that I'm going to have to continue to deal with," he said. "But I feel like it's time to try to play with it."

Even when healthy, Fasano isn't a prolific receiver. His high in seven NFL seasons is 39 catches.

But the Chiefs have been getting by at tight end without him. Sean McGrath and Kevin Brock have given the Chiefs 18 catches and a touchdown, which is more than they had a right to expect from them.

So Fasano would be an upgrade and their best option at an important position.