Chiefs still feeling loss of Moeaki

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The agent for tight end Tony Moeaki has tweeted that the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an injury settlement with him and placed him on waivers.

Not big news considering Moeaki had been on the injured reserve list all season and wasn’t going to play for the Chiefs this season. But I’m going to pause and honor his official departure because his loss, not insignificant at the time he injured his shoulder during the preseason, looms bigger and bigger for a team having problems with their passing game.

Moeaki wouldn’t solve all of the Chiefs’ passing problems. But he would have provided something they’ve lacked all season: a tight end who can get open and help in the mid-range passing game.

Moeaki had arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season, so he missed all offseason practices. But he played well after returning for training camp and from the look of things, he figured in Kansas City’s plans. For that matter, so did rookie tight end Travis Kelce, out for the season with a sore knee.

Moeaki frustrated Chiefs fans with his inability to stay healthy. He joined the Chiefs only in 2010 but missed all of 2011 and then this season.

But he showed as a rookie what he was capable of and the Chiefs are suffering from his loss. If Moeaki is healthy, he can provide a boost to some team for the final weeks of the season.

That team won’t be the Chiefs.