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Justin Houston | Linebacker | #50

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 258
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (70) / KC
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Chiefs GM John Dorsey said team doctors have assured him that OLB Justin Houston (knee) will play this season.
Dorsey fielded several questions about Houston at his pre-draft Q&A session with the media on Friday. Houston, who underwent ACL and LCL surgery earlier this offseason, is said to be ahead in his rehab. Houston may never be his dominant self in 2016, but having him on the field will certainly help. Third-year OLB Dee Ford will take on a bigger role in Houston's absence. Apr 22 - 12:39 PM

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Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (ACL, LCL) posted a video of his rehab workout on Wednesday.

The video shows Houston walking vigorously. "Show me someone doing this (seven weeks) after full ACL and LCL surgery, and I'll show you God's work," was the caption. "I hope y'all watching." The "full" is an interesting adjective for his surgery, which remains clouded in confusion. The Chiefs have insisted Houston will play in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 4:01 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey expects OLB Justin Houston (ACL) to play in 2016.

Asked if the Chiefs are planning on Houston being ready "pretty early," Dorsey replied "yeah, absolutely." Houston is recovering from a pretty unique injury, so nothing should be taken for granted, but it's positive news. Dorsey also insisted Houston did not make his injury worse in the Chiefs' Wild Card win over the Texans. Despite Dorsey's optimistic outlook, Houston should be considered doubtful for Week 1.
Mar 29 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the feeling around the NFL Owners Meetings is Chiefs OLB Justin Houston's (ACL) season is "in jeopardy."

A knee scope after the season revealed Houston's ACL was not "functioning" properly. He underwent surgery on February 16 to fix the issue and is expected to be sidelined 6-to-12 months. Schefter's report suggests the back-end of that timeline may be more realistic. Kansas City did manage to re-sign Tamba Hali, but losing Houston would still be a massive blow.
Mar 22 - 12:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will be sidelined 6-to-12 months after a knee scope revealed an issue with his ACL.

The ACL was not torn, but it was not "functioning" properly. Houston missed the final five games of last season with a sprained PCL and was extremely limited in the playoffs. The recovery timetable means Houston will begin training camp on the PUP list, and it is possible he stays on reserve/PUP into the season or doesn't play at all in 2016. Houston has 50.5 sacks in his last 54 games. Losing him would be a massive blow for the Chiefs.
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 9:40 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is recovering from arthroscopic surgery to his left knee.

Houston missed the final five games of the season with a sprained PCL before returning for two ineffective playoff appearances. The good news is, he's escaped with a mere clean-up procedure. Houston could be held out of early OTAs, but should be full go by mid-spring.
Feb 25 - 2:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) played just eight snaps in the Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Houston played 44 snaps in the Wild Card win over Houston, but he was encumbered by the brace on his injured knee. "The knee brace tightens everything up," said Houston. "My hamstring, my calf, everything is so stiff, I couldn’t move with it. And I can’t play without it. It hindered me a lot." Despite the disappointing end, Houston should be 100 percent healthy by the time the offseason program rolls around.
Jan 18 - 12:39 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston said the brace he is wearing on his injured knee was a bigger issue in the Wild Card win than the knee itself.

"I kept banging my leg against the brace," Houston said. "If I felt comfortable playing without it, I’d go out there [without] it. But I feel safe with it." Houston left the win for a stretch because of the brace, but he still played over two-thirds of the snaps in the blowout. He should be all systems go for the Patriots this weekend.
Source: ESPN
Jan 14 - 12:01 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee, probable) said he will be a "full go" for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans.

He will wear a knee brace, but Houston said he hopes to play every defensive snap. That will not happen after missing the last five games of the regular season with a sprained PCL, but Houston should play most of the game and every passing down. With Tamba Hali (thumb, questionable) still ailing, getting Houston back will be a big boost.
Jan 9 - 9:55 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans.

Houston is back after missing the last five games of the regular season with a sprained PCL. Dee Ford filled in at left outside linebacker during his absence.
Jan 8 - 1:41 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is practicing in full for the Wild Card Round.

Houston practiced last week, but was held out of the season finale. He's expected to play in Saturday's Wild Card game. Houston's return is a huge pass-rush upgrade against a Texans line that will be without LT Duane Brown.
Jan 6 - 6:38 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) will practice Tuesday.

As long as he does not suffer any setbacks, Houston should be good to go for Saturday. Tamba Hail (thumb) will not practice, but he was able to play a limited role Week 17 and should be able to ramp up his usage in the Wild Card game. With Texans LT Duane Brown (quad) done for the year, the Chiefs' pass rush should wreak havoc.
Jan 5 - 1:12 PM

Chiefs declared OLB Justin Houston, QB Aaron Murray, S Husain Abdullah, OT Jah Reid, DL David King and DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches inactive for Week 17 against the Raiders.

Tamba Hali (thumb) is active. ESPN's Ed Werder reported Houston had "no swelling or pain" in his knee after his return to practice Friday. He should be good to go for the Wild Card round. Dee Ford will continue to start in his place.
Jan 3 - 3:02 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee, questionable) is not expected to play in Week 17.

Werder reports Houston had "no swelling or pain" in his knee during Friday's return to practice, but he is "still adjusting to (his) knee brace," and it's "not (a) smooth" transition yet. Werder reports Tamba Hali is expected to play despite being listed as questionable with knee and thumb injuries. The Chiefs will start Dee Ford in place of Houston against the Raiders.
Jan 3 - 11:03 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (questionable, knee) could play Sunday.

Houston didn’t have any setbacks in his return to practice Friday. He’ll be a game-time decision after missing the last four weeks. Even if Houston doesn’t play, he’s on track for the first round of the playoffs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 2 - 6:41 PM

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