KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs, who are fourth in the league with nine sacks, don’t need any immediate help with their pass rush. But they won’t be able to bolster their rush later in the season with the addition of Mike Catapano.
Catapano’s season ended this week when the Chiefs moved him to the injured-reserve list. Catapano, who has a viral condition the Chiefs have yet to publicly define, had been on the non-football illness list. That gave Catapano the chance to return later in the season.
The Chiefs gave up on that hope by making the move with Catapano, who could have provided some depth and a fresh body as a pass-rusher later in the season had he been able to return.
"That’s where we’re at," coach Andy Reid said. "That was a long process. It’s better he just steps back and gets himself back healthy and feeling good."
Catapano returned to the Chiefs' practice facility on Thursday. He opened training camp with the Chiefs but was able to practice only for a few days before the Chiefs shut him down.
"He’s just trying to get his strength back," Reid said. "He’s starting to feel better. I had a chance to visit with him. He’s in good spirits. That’s positive. Now it’s just a matter of building back up and getting himself back to where he gets his strength back."