November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) runs after a pass reception against Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs: Tony Moeaki Fractures Shoulder

Surprise: Tony Moeaki is hurt.

Moeaki has a fractured shoulder and will be out an undisclosed amount of time, according to Andy Reid. It is unknown how bad the fracture is or how long it will take to heal. Michael Bush played with a broken shoulder last season, so it is an injury that can be toughed out to some degree. Although one would think trying to catch passes above one’s head with a broken shoulder would be difficult.

The severity of the injury is important in an immediate sense because the Chiefs have to make one more roster move by Tuesday in order to get down to the mandatory 75-man roster. Should Moeaki land on the IR (injured reserve list) then the Chiefs would be at the 75-man limit.

This is yet another injury in a long history of injuries for Moeaki. He missed time earlier this offseason after getting his knee scoped, and he missed the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL. At Iowa, Moeaki had surgeries on his wrist, elbow, and foot; suffered from lingering hamstring and calf injuries; and had concussions that knocked him out of games against Iowa State and Illinois.

Moeaki was listed third on the Chiefs depth chart behind Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce. Kevin Brock and Demetrius Harris are also still on the roster. Brock is the only one with NFL roster experience but he has just one catch in his career.

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