A few weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks acquired free agent TE Tony Moeaki. Tony is set to make his debut against his former team--the Kansa City Chiefs.
The reason the relatively new TE has to start this week is because the Seahawks's management had decided to place their starting TE Zach Miller on season-ending injury reserve; after his surgically repaired ankle was taking longer than expected healing.
Along with Miller being out for the remainder of the season, Luke Willson is nursing an ankle injury he received against the Giants last week, he is questionable to play this Sunday.
Don't push the panic button yet though Seahawk fans. Despite it being still pretty early to start someone who has barely been on the team for only a few weeks, head coach Pete Carrol is optimistic he's up for the task.
"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," Carroll said.
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Tony himself is ready for the opportunity. “I’m ready to help in any way I can,” Moeaki added. “We’ll all be ready, as a tight end group, to do whatever they ask us to do.”
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As a tight end for the Chiefs, many felt he was going to be a solid predecessor to former Chiefs legend Tony Gonzalez. However, those aspirations were cut short when injuries plagued the rising star.
He ended his tenure as a Chief--with a total of 30 games; 80 catches, a little over 1000 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns.
This Sunday, we'll find out if Moeaki makes his former team regret letting him go, or relieved he's gone.