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Tony Moeaki waived/injured by Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have been patient with Tony Moeaki, but with a brand-new regime in-house, that patience has run out.

The talented but oft-hurt tight end has been waived/injured, the Chiefs said Saturday, hours after Moeaki tweeted that he no longer was with the team.

The Chiefs used a third-round pick on Moeaki in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he rewarded the team with a productive 47-catch rookie campaign. The wheels fell off from there.

After undergoing a knee scope after the 2010 season, Moeaki sustained a torn ACL during the 2011 preseason, shelving him for the year. He returned last season to catch 33 passes for 453 yards and one touchdown, but Moeaki has been a roster-bubble candidate all summer.

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Out indefinitely with a fractured shoulder suffered earlier in the month, Moeaki never was part of the plan for Andy Reid and the new-look Chiefs. Kansas City will go into the season with Anthony Fasano atop the depth chart and rookie Travis Kelce behind him. We'll find out soon enough if reserves Kevin Brock and Demetrius Harris make the cut.

Moeaki, just 26, has a chance to continue his career if he can get healthy. Bandied about as a possible trade target for the New England Patriots this offseason, he'll need to pass through waivers before landing on the Chiefs' injured reserve list or, more likely, reaching an injury settlement and becoming a free agent.

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