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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
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee, PUP) is expected back in November.
Houston underwent surgery to repair his ACL in March. He has to sit out at least the first six games after landing on the PUP, but it sounds like he could return as early as Week 9. The Chiefs should be able to survive with Dee Ford starting on the outside, but Houston's return would be a big boost for the playoff push. Sep 11 - 10:14 AM

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Chiefs placed OLB Justin Houston (knee) on the reserve/PUP list.'s Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are "hopeful" of a mid-season return. Houston will be first eligible to suit up in Week 8, as the Chiefs are on bye in Week 5. It's a major blow, but far from unexpected. Houston was given a 6-12 month timetable after having his (apparently non-torn) ACL repaired in February. It's still not a certainty he suits up this season.
Aug 30 - 2:27 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee, active/PUP) remains without a timetable to return.

Houston is expected to miss all of training camp. There likely won’t be any updates on him until late August. Houston is a strong candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP.
Source: ESPN
Aug 10 - 7:06 PM

Chiefs placed OLB Justin Houston (knee) on the active/PUP list.

It's a procedural move. Houston is likely to miss all of training camp. He's a strong candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP.
Jul 30 - 5:10 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirms OLB Justin Houston (knee, PUP) will likely miss all of training camp.

Houston is just four months removed from having his (apparently not torn) ACL repaired. He was slapped with a 6-12 month timeline in February. Houston is a strong candidate for the reserve/PUP list.
Jul 26 - 4:22 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Houston is four months into his 6-12 month timetable. He could miss all of camp and is doubtful for Week 1. Houston is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 4:24 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher does not believe OLB Justin Houston (ACL, LCL) will be ready Week 1.

Houston was given a 6-12 month timetable after ACL and LCL surgery in February. He would have to hit the absolute minimum of that timeline to be ready for Week 1. It remains likely Houston begins the season on the reserve/PUP list, but the Chiefs are hopeful he will be able to play at some point this year.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:25 PM

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

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.
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

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