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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 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

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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

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

He returned to practice on Friday, which is a positive sign for Houston's playoff availability even if he can't go in Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Jan 1 - 2:20 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid had no update on OLB Justin Houston (knee) Monday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Houston is not expected to return in the regular season, but Reid had not "heard that." "We’re taking it day by day with him and seeing how it rolls," Reid said. "He seems to be making progress, which is positive." Dee Ford will continue to start in Houston's absence.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:29:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) isn't expected to play again during the regular season.

Houston hyperextended his knee in Week 12. While he's not expected back during the next three weeks, Houston is aiming to return for the playoffs if the 8-5 Chiefs are able to secure a spot in the dance. Dee Ford has been getting all the snaps opposite OLB Tamba Hali in Houston's absence.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:03:00 AM

Justin Houston (knee) is officially out for Week 15 against the Ravens.

It's just a formality as Houston was never expected to play this week. Dr. James Andrews confirmed Thursday that Houston is dealing with a hyperextended knee. Dee Ford has been starting in his place.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:32:00 PM

A second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed Justin Houston's original diagnosis of a hyperextended knee.

"I don't want anybody to be alarmed that he saw Dr. Andrews," Chiefs athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said. "We knew it, we're good with it." Burkholder added the swelling in Houston's knee has gone down. There were reports Houston could miss the rest of the season, but those appear to be unfounded. Dee Ford will continue to start while Houston is out of the lineup.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 01:01:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) visited with Dr. James Andrews this week, and there is "some fear" Houston won't play again this season.

Reports have varied on the extent of Houston's injury, ranging from a PCL sprain to a hyperextension. The Andrews visit indicates Houston may be exploring the possibility of undergoing surgery. Starting in Houston's place last week, Dee Ford piled up seven tackles, three sacks, and a pass breakup. Houston is a definite loss, but the Chiefs are armed with quality depth behind him.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 07:36:00 PM

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