Chiefs place Moeaki on I.R., announce cuts

Posted Sept. 03, 2011 @ 7:32 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Chiefs released 25 players, but their biggest loss was a player put on I.R., second-year TE Tony Moeaki, who tore the ACL in his left knee in the team's final preseason game.

Rookie LB Gabe Miller was also put on injured reserve.

Released were: DL Harold Ayodele, FB Shane Bannon, LB Justin Cole, FB Mike Cox, DL Dion Gales, TE Charlie Gantt, OT Bobby Greenwood, OL Chris Harr, G Darryl Harris, WR Jeremy Horne, OL Mike Ingersoll, LB Micah Johnson, LB Amara Kamara, S Reshard Langford, DB Quinten Lawrence, OL Butch Lewis, WR Zeke Markshausen, OL David Mims, OL Lucas Patterson, S Ricky Price, TE Cody Slate, DT Anthony Toribio, WR Verran Tucker, LB Pierre Walters and DB Demond Washington.

Bannon was the team's seventh-round pick, though his chances of making the team were greatly diminished when the team signed ex-Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain in free agency.

The way we see it

The Chiefs' offense was struggling so much this preseason that head coach Todd Haley elected to play his starters much of the fourth preseason game. Unfortunately, the move might have backfired as Moeaki left the game with a left knee injury that turned out to be a torn ACL.

Moeaki, who came into the league with injury concerns from his college days at Iowa, caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last season.

Without Moeaki, it really puts the pressure on the Chiefs' wide receivers, especially those lining up in the slot. Moeaki was expected to be a major part of the passing game, but backup Leonard Pope is primarily a blocker. Expect more short throws from QB Matt Cassel to players such as Steve Breaston and Dexter McCluster.