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Chiefs’ Dexter McCluster Injures Hamstring; Moeaki Out Until Training Camp


The Kansas City Chiefs have been busy adding depth at a number of positions this offseason, which is a wise move because injuries to key players are inevitable.

Well, the injuries started today.

The team is in the middle of their second week of OTA practices and our first injury is to WR Dexter McCluster. The speedy McCluster, who figures to be a key weapon in head coach Andy Reid’s west coach offense, left practice with a hamstring injury. McCluster was apparently injured while diving for a ball, per Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. After practice, Ried said he thought McCluster would be back in action next week.

 

Reid also offered an update on oft-injured TE Tony Moeaki. Moeaki had his knee scoped in the offseason and has yet to take part in the team’s practices this offseason. According to Reid, Moeaki is expected to be out until training camp, which will begin at the end of July.

Moeaki has a long injury history but this latest setback could spell doom for his career with the Chiefs. A holdover from the previous regime, Moeaki will need to demonstrate his abilities to his new coaches. That will be difficult to accomplish if he can’t get on the field.

The Chiefs have already added Anthony Fasano in free agency and drafted Travis Kelce. If Moeaki fails to get on the field, he could slide right down the depth chart and off the roster.

Tags: Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs Tony Moeaki

  • chiefridgy

    It’s always fing something

    • berttheclock

      Thank you, Mr Radner.

      • chiefridgy

        I apparently missed it. What or who is Mr. Radner?

  • Bosco Cletus

    Tony is on his last leg I think. Injuries plagued him in college, and now the NFL. It just happens to some players.

  • Travis Forsyth

    jeez, it’s one damn thing after another…

  • BWrangler

    Sorry Tony, you’ve got to go. Fasano and Kelce can take it from here. So much potential, but no time on the field.

  • Jim Harper

    I don’t see Tony being cut. They will keep at least 3 TE’s. He may very well lose his starting role though. McCluster needs to be smarter. I mean diving for a ball in practice? To coin Allen Iverson “we’re talkin bout practice, man”

    • Billie Cabral

      Yea and Allen Iverson wasn’t much of an impact in the Nba after that. I like seeing them fighting for there jobs. As e_racer said we need competition. Now if we can keep the coaches from over exerting DMC and making this injury (hamstring) linger as what happens all to often in this league.

    • dominicscarlatti

      I agree, Jim. 3 TE’s who can catch the ball will be just fine with AR. Waiving Moeaki would be a mistake. It’s far too early to write him off.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Depends on what happens with Demetrius Harris. If that kid can improve his route running and prove the learning curve isn’t too much for him, Moeaki might be gone. He just can’t stay healthy. They’ve already brought two guys in. This administration doesn’t appear to believe in him.

  • Danny W

    Tony Moe is brittle. Guy should be cut.

  • e_racer

    Moeaki will not be cut this year. He might mysteriously end up on the IR, but it would cost the team too much to cut him this year. The Chiefs are right up to their chins in cap space. Besides, the team knew he had knee surgery. Still, this is why they went after Fasano, drafted Kelce, and signed UDFA – Harris.

    Besides a freak injury where McCluster hyperextended his elbow, he has been surprisingly healthy for his size. McCluster is going to give it an all out effort in practice because his job is on the line. The Chiefs brought in enough competition to push the starters, and make the backups insecure about their spot on the team.

    I think Gilyard will get some more looks. Hemingway may be a recipient of McCluster’s absence as well. This is exactly what you want, and what I have been clamoring for since Marty left. Guys need to be pushed. It is the only way to get better. There is no room for a country club atmosphere on a team that went 2 -14 twice in the past 5 seasons.

  • ladner morse

    Todd Haley used the Bill Parcels approach to injured players, “I don’t talk about players who aren’t here and performing.” Andy Reid takes a slightly different approach, he’ll continue to tell you how good a player is but, if he’s not here and performing he’ll cut him. The difference in the approaches is… one appears to be “talk” and the other “action.”

    Prediction: Moeaki is on Reid’s precipice and is gone if he has even one set back in August.

    Further Prediction: Reid picks up another TE in August when teams cut down to 53.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      You know, I wonder about Haley’s injured players approach and if it forced more guys into playing hurt. The Chiefs were either remarkably lucky with injuries in 2010 or guys were playing through a lot.

    • berttheclock

      So, should the Saints release Jimmy Graham, do you think the Chiefs could rectify the Pioli mistake? Some of Pioli’s worst moves were not in the players he selected, but, the ones he overlooked.

      • P Heitman

        The Saints are going to release Jimmy Graham? Wha? I’m confused…

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Say what?

  • Guest

    I need to make a correction to my earlier statement. Somehow I got Tony Moeaki’s contract confused. The actual contract according to Rotoworld is

    [x]
    7/22/10:
    Signed a four-year, $2,476,650 contract. The deal included a $680,000
    signing bonus. 2013: $1.323 million, 2014: Free Agent

  • e_racer

    I need to make a correction to my earlier statement regarding Tony Moeaki. According to Rotoworld Moeaki’s contract is:
    7/22/10:
    Signed a four-year, $2,476,650 contract. The deal included a $680,000
    signing bonus. 2013: $1.323 million, 2014: Free Agent

    Therefore only 1/4 of his signing bonus would be dead if they were to release him. That would seem to indicate they would actually save $1.153 million by trading him or letting him go.

    If Moeaki wants to play for the Chiefs, he had better do something extraordinary. He is expendable.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    Moeaki is talented and I really like him. However, you can’t make the team from the trainers room. The most important ability is availability.

    • redchiefs

      Herm said, “You can’t make the club in the tub”. This is even worse.

      • Billie Cabral

        Yea and Herm also said “you play to win the game” Lmao. Lets not bring up more bad coaching regimes. It’s almost as bad as saying Lar.. …….., I can’t even say it.

  • ArrowFan

    I don’t think they will cut MO if he falls to #3, unless his injury prevents him from contributing on special teams.

  • Carlos Nevarez

    Moeaki’s a bum.

  • Chiefsfan1

    http://youtu.be/gUj5zK06orY Forget Moekai Kelce is nasty watch the whole video

  • tchief

    thanks for the video chiefsfan1! everyone in chiefnation should take a look at this video! by far the best chiefs pick in the draft. What a beast!