We've been talking about the Kansas City Chiefs surprises in free agency and there's one we've yet to note -- TE Tony Moeaki is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). This according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.
A league source tells us he had a knee injury worked on after the season but it's nothing serious. The team isn't concerned and this is just a precaution. He'll be ready to roll for the start of the season but can't practice while he's on the PUP list.
The PUP list isn't a big deal during training camp as Moeaki can (and will) come off soon and start working with the team on the field. However, if a player is on the PUP list at the start of the regular season, that's a concern because he'll be out for the first six games. A player isn't allowed to start camp on the active roster and then be reverted to PUP so the safe move is to start him on PUP in camp.
For the Chiefs, this is good news. Folks talk about the addition of WR Jonathan Baldwin and WR Steve Breaston and teaming them with WR Dwayne Bowe but perhaps the most reliable receiving option for the Chiefs is Moeaki.
We're used to good tight ends in this city so Moeaki's contributions in 2010 was nice to see.
So stand down, Chiefs fans. You can stop wondering if the Chiefs will sign TE Todd Heap.