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Seattle Seahawks expect Tony Moeaki to play vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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The former Chiefs TE will return to Arrowhead on Sunday.

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Welcome back, Tony Moeaki!

The Kansas City Chiefs selected TE Tony Moeaki in the 2010 NFL Draft and he quickly produced making me think he was the next big thing at tight end for the Chiefs. Of course I was wrong. Moeaki couldn't stay healthy after a terrific rookie year.

Moeaki, who was with the Chiefs heading into the 2013 season before an injury eventually led his release via an injury settlement, signed with the Seahawks last week and is expected to play on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Moeaki's career was difficult to follow in Kansas City because so much promise was dashed by so many injuries. Go back and look at the start to his career in Kansas City. Statistically it's not all that different from Travis Kelce's season. Obviously they're different players but the overall point that Moeaki was once a bright star remains. It's just unfortunate the injuries came into play.

Catch a few Moeaki links below, including ones from Seattle and one from Kansas City.

Next men up? That would be Tony Moeaki and Kevin Williams | Seahawks.com

"Tony has to step up now and jump right in there," coach Pete Carroll said. "We kept him out last week because we thought it was too soon. It’s still early, still really quick to put a guy in there and expect him to do everything. But he is a veteran. He does understand it and he’s picked things up really well. He’s had a very good 10 days so far. "We will see how far he can take it, but we’re counting on him to play."

Seahawks TE Tony Moeaki hoping to revive NFL career where it began, and a few other links | Seattle Times

"Yeah, I was in Kansas City for three-and-a-half years, so it was a great place," he said. "But now I’m in Seattle and Seattle is a great place. So I’m excited to be here."

What might have been: Tony Moeaki - ESPN

Just imagine what the Chiefs could do if they had Kelce, Moeaki and Anthony Fasano, and they were all healthy. We could do more than imagine it in the summer of 2013, when during training camp it seemed every one of Smith’s passes headed to one of the three. The Chiefs had big plans for all three, but they had to toss them in the trash before the season even started. Moeaki injured his shoulder, Kelce his knee, and neither played a snap for the Chiefs last season. Fasano missed eight games because of various injuries.