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Justin Houston | Linebacker | #50

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 258
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (70) / KC
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Profootballtalk reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is not a candidate for release.
Houston has been bogged down by injury since his 22-sack 2014, but his release would leave behind $12.7 million in dead money while creating "just" $7.9 million in savings. Houston also managed to have a healthier 2017, notching 9.5 sacks in 15 games. Tamba Hali seems likely to join Derrick Johnson on the way out the door, but 29-year-old Houston should be back. Feb 13 - 5:25 PM

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Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (questionable, illness) is expected to play in Week 16 against Miami.

Houston missed the last two days of practice. There's not much concern over his status despite his questionable tag. Houston has appeared in every game this season.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Broncos.

As expected. Inactive for the Chiefs are LG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, QB Tyler Bray, OG Jordan Devey, LB Ramik Wilson, CB D.J. White, DL Roy Miller, and S Steven Terrell. CB Steven Nelson is active.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 07:16:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Broncos.

Houston was held out of Saturday's practice with knee soreness. It sounds like it was more of a maintenance day despite the questionable tag. The Chiefs expect Houston to play on Monday night.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 03:45:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston missed Saturday's practice with knee soreness.

It's a concern given Houston's history of knee issues, but the Chiefs expect him to play Monday night. Houston has 5.5 sacks through seven weeks.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 02:30:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston says he is finally over the persistent knee issues that plagued him the last two seasons.

Houston has managed 11.5 sacks the past two seasons combined after notching 22.0 quarterback takedowns in 2014. "Last year, I couldn’t even run at this time," he admitted. "It’s a night-and-day difference. I feel great just to be able to get up and go without ever thinking about it." Still only 28, Houston's return to dominance would be a huge boost to Kansas City's defense.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 10:08:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) has been removed from the injury report.

Houston sat out the last two weeks of the regular season, but coach Andy Reid said he would play earlier in the week. He's still not 100 percent and should be limited to pass rush situations. Eric Berry and Tamba Hali have also been taken off the injury report.
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that OLB Justin Houston (knee) and RB Spencer Ware (ribs) are ready for the Divisional Round.

Whereas Ware's effectiveness waned over the course of the season behind sub-par run blocking, Houston's return is particularly bad news for Ben Roethlisberger. In the rare instances he's been available, Houston has been a one-man pass-rush wrecking crew. He will likely be limited to under half of the Chiefs' Week 19 snaps, but most passing plays. Drawing Roethlisberger at full strength defensively at Arrowhead, Kansas City will look to worsen Big Ben's already-poor road splits this weekend.
Mon, Jan 9, 2017 01:17:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told CBS Sports' Jamie Erdahl he is optimistic OLB Justin Houston (knee) will be available for the playoffs.

Houston has sat out the last two weeks after experiencing swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. It was always likely he would return for the playoffs, but the Chiefs would undoubtedly like to give him another week to rest over a bye. They will need the Raiders to lose to make that happen.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17.

His status for the playoffs is now in question. Houston is dealing with inflammation in his knee, the same knee that kept him out of the first half of the season. Tamba Hali and Dee Ford will have to pick up the slack in San Diego.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:15:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) will not practice Thursday.

He also sat out Wednesday and looks certain to miss the season finale. Houston will be questionable at best if the Chiefs have to play in the Wild Card round.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Houston saw out Week 16 after experiencing swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. With the Chiefs just competing for seeding this week, it would not be surprising if he is held out again.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 10:27:00 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wanted OLB Justin Houston to rest his sore knee Week 16.

Houston reportedly experienced swelling in his surgically-repaired knee last week, so the Chiefs smartly held him out. Kansas City can still jump up to the No. 2 seed with a win and Raiders loss this weekend, but it would not be surprising if Houston is held out again.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 10:04:00 AM

Chiefs declared OLB Justin Houston (knee) inactive for Week 16 against the Broncos.

Despite being listed as questionable, Houston never was likely to play after experiencing swelling in his surgically-repaired knee this week. Dee Ford and Tamba Hali should take on bigger workloads with Houston out. Kansas City also declared CB Phillip Gaines (knee), QB Tyler Bray, RB Knile Davis, OL Mike Person, TE Ross Travis, and DL David King inactive for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 06:58:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) will not play Week 16 against the Broncos.

Houston experienced swelling in his surgically-repaired knee this week. The Chiefs' defense has surged since Houston's return, so this absence is a concern with a big matchup against the Broncos coming up Sunday night. Luckily, the Chiefs could have a playoff spot locked up before they kickoff if results go their way.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 09:25:00 AM

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5Stefan Charles
NT1Xavier Williams
2Derrick Nnadi
3Justin Hamilton
ILB1Anthony Hitchens
2Reggie Ragland
3Terrance Smith
4Ukeme Eligwe
5Dorian O'Daniel
OLB1Justin Houston
2Dee Ford
3Frank Zombo
4Tanoh Kpassagnon
5Tyrone Holmes
CB1Kendall Fuller
2Steven Nelson
3David Amerson
4Keith Reaser
5Tremon Smith
FS1Eric Murray
2Daniel Sorensen
3Armani Watts
SS1Eric Berry
2Robert Golden
P1Dustin Colquitt