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Justin Houston | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 258
College: Georgia
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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Chiefs are discussing a long-term extension with OLB Justin Houston.
A Pro Bowler in 2013, Houston is due just a $645,000 salary entering the final year of his rookie deal. He graded out as the No. 1 overall outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus last season and is going to command a massive contract. With the Chiefs roughly $9.79 million under the cap, they'll likely need to sign Houston to a backloaded extension. Lamar Woodley is currently the highest paid outside linebacker in the league with an average salary of $10.25 million. Feb 28 - 7:23 PM

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Chiefs OLB Justin Houston escaped with a PCL strain and bone bruise after Saturday's Wild Card round loss.

It's a day-to-day deal that should be fully healed within a matter of weeks. Houston finished the regular season with 11 sacks in 11 appearances, and added a 12th sack of Andrew Luck on Saturday. Houston is due a minimum base salary entering his contract year. He's going to request a raise very soon.
Jan 5 - 5:25 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card clash with the Colts.

Houston hasn't played a snap since Week 12, but his legs should be fresh to harass Andrew Luck at Lucas Oil Stadium. Of more concern for Kansas City is fellow OLB Tamba Hali's (knee) questionable status. Hali is shaping up as a game-time decision. Houston and Hali both had 11 sacks in 2013.
Jan 3 - 1:39 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is expected to return for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.

Houston hasn't played since dislocating his elbow in Week 12. It's led to double teams on fellow edge rusher Tamba Hali and caused defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to call more risky blitzes. Houston's return will have a huge impact on a Chiefs defense that has relied on big plays all year long. He had 11 sacks and one forced fumble before going down.
Jan 2 - 9:19 AM

Chiefs declared OLB Justin Houston (elbow) and LT Branden Albert (knee) inactive for Week 16 against the Colts.

Houston has missed a month with his right elbow issue. Albert will miss his third straight game. Also inactive for the Chiefs are ILB Nico Johnson, QB Tyler Bray, DT Jaye Howard, OL Eric Kush, and OL Rishaw Johnson.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid conceded Friday it would be "a stretch" for Justin Houston (elbow) to play in Week 16.

Houston's recovery is progressing slower than expected, but the Chiefs can afford to keep him shelved as long as they're winning football games. Kansas City remains a very difficult Week 16 matchup for Indianapolis' passing attack.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:21:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is trending toward a Week 16 return.

"He’s practicing and he’s in a lot of the drills and has worked with the first group," were the words of DC Bob Sutton after Houston got in his second straight limited practice Thursday. "The thing I really appreciate about Justin is he’s practicing like he’s trying to play. Hopefully we can get him in." Even if Houston ultimately sits out against the Colts, he should be ready to go for a Week 17 playoff tune up.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 09:33:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Houston was also limited last week before being declared inactive against the Raiders. His chances of facing Indianapolis should be better. Houston's elbow dislocation was originally reported as a 2-3 week ordeal. He's been sidelined since November 24, and will be four weeks removed from the injury when the Chiefs host the Colts this Sunday. We'd tentatively expect Houston to start.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 07:10:00 PM

Chiefs declared OLB Justin Houston (elbow) inactive for Sunday's Week 15 game at Oakland.

Houston is getting closer to a return as he got some limited practice in this week, but he'll be held out of this one as the Chiefs eye the playoffs. The Chiefs will also be without Dexter McCluster (ankle), Branden Albert (knee) and Anthony Fasano (knee). The rest of their inactives: QB Tyler Bray, G Rishaw Johnson, C Eric Kush and DL Jaye Howard.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 02:39:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Houston has a chance to return for this week's game at Oakland, thus giving the Chiefs D/ST a major boost. The edge rusher is tied for sixth in the league with 11 sacks even though he's missed the last two games.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is not practicing this week.

Houston is dealing with ligament damage stemming from the subluxed elbow he sustained in Week 12. It's reportedly a 2-3 week injury.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:51:00 PM

According to the Chiefs, OLB Justin Houston's (elbow) MRI results were "favorable," and coach Andy Reid will update his status on Friday.

In this instance, we're assuming favorable means "not season ending." Both FOX Sports and NFL Network have reported Houston will be sidelined 2-3 weeks as he recovers from ligament damage in his right elbow.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 02:11:00 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport both report Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will be shelved 2-3 weeks with ligament damage in his right elbow.

Per RapSheet, Houston will avoid surgery but has "sprained ligaments" and "torn muscles" in the elbow. The Chiefs are optimistic about Tamba Hali (ankle) playing Sunday against Peyton Manning. Still, these are big injuries heading into a crucial game with Kansas City already on a two-game losing streak. Houston has 44 tackles and 11 sacks on the season. The 24-year-old's All-Pro chances will surely take a hit due to the missed time.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Houston dislocated his elbow against the Chargers and is dealing with significant swelling. Fellow OLB Tamba Hali (ankle) is questionable, meaning the Chiefs could be without their two dominant edge rushers. With Knowshon Moreno (ankle) hobbled, look for the Broncos to ride Peyton Manning's arm in a big way this week.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 09:16:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on NFL Insiders that the Chiefs have a "much higher level of concern" with Justin Houston's right elbow injury than Tamba Hali's ankle.

Hali's ankle injury is shaping up as a day-to-day situation that may not cost him more than some practice time. Houston's dislocated elbow was so swollen Monday that Chiefs doctors couldn't even perform an MRI to check for ligament damage. Houston's status, for now, should be considered week to week, and there is a real chance Kansas City will be without both edge rushers in Week 13.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 03:03:00 PM

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RB1Jamaal Charles
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4Joe McKnight
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
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WR11Dwayne Bowe
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3Jerrell Jackson
4Rashad Ross
5Weston Dressler
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3Frankie Hammond
4Fred Williams
WR31A.J. Jenkins
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Sean McGrath
3Travis Kelce
4Richard Gordon
K1Ryan Succop