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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Report: Moeaki to go to injured reserve

By Bill Williamson

There is a report that Kansas City tight end Tony Moeaki is about to go on the injured reserve. I am looking for more confirmation.

If Moeaki does go on the injured reserve, it will be a major blow to Kansas City’s offense. It would also be a totally avoidable injury. Moeaki was injured Thursday night at Green Bay in the Chiefs’ preseason finale. Early indications were that the injury was not serious.

But, if Moeaki did tear his ACL, it will be another reminder that veterans should not play in the fourth preseason game. Kansas City coach Todd Haley had his starters play extensively in the fourth game after he didn’t use them much early in the preseason. Haley also started camp slow because he wanted to get the team conditioned and make sure it avoided injuries after the lockout ended.

Losing Moeaki would be devastating. He had 47 catches as a rookie and gave the Chiefs’ offense a terrific dynamic. He was a favorite target of quarterback Matt Cassel. The Chiefs really don’t have another reliable pass-catcher at tight end and Leonard Pope would likely be the starter. Kansas City would need to find a tight end pretty quickly if Moeaki is going to be shelved.