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Injuries come back to bite Chiefs

When I visited the Kansas City Chiefs’ on the final week of training camp in mid-August, the buzz around the team was its cautious approach to camp and the first preseason game.

Kansas City coach Todd Haley was criticized in some circles for not getting his team properly ready for the season. He defended the slow start. Due to the missed time because of the lockout, Haley said he was using much of training camp as a time to condition and to prepare. Haley said the “heavy football” work would come closer to the season.

The approach worked as the Chiefs were fairly healthy in camp. Now, after playing his starters extensively in the preseason finale at Green Bay on Thursday, and the team is suddenly banged up on the eve of the season.

Second-year tight end Tony Moeaki was lost for the season with a knee injury he suffered in the second quarter. The Kansas City Star reported quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a rib injury that could keep him out of next week’s game.

Also, the Chiefs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury to inside linebacker Brandon Siler (who was competing for a starting job after signing as a free agent San Diego) on the final play of a practice after the Chiefs broke camp.

So, this all goes to show you, injuries can happen no matter the approach a coach takes. And I’m sure Haley will re-evaluate playing his starters in the final preseason game because of the Moeaki and Cassel injuries.