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Justin Houston | Linebacker | #50

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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) 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. Jan 13 - 5:11 PM

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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.
Jan 9 - 1:17 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.
Jan 1 - 4:50 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

Justin Houston (knee) is questionable for Week 16 against the Broncos.

Houston didn't practice this week after experiencing renewed swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. He'll likely be a game-time call. Tamba Hali would start opposite Dee Ford at outside linebacker if Houston can't get the nod this week.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Justin Houston (knee) didn't practice on Thursday.

Houston is dealing with some swelling in his surgically-repaired knee. Showing up on the injury report mid-week is never a good sign but at least Kansas City doesn't play until the Sunday night game. Houston has been a beast when healthy this year, producing four sacks in only five games.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:30:00 PM

Justin Houston (illness) is active for Week 15 against the Titans.

He and DE Kendall Reyes (wrist) were the only questionable Chiefs, and Reyes is one of the inactives. Also out for the Chiefs are CB Phillip Gaines, QB Tyler Bray, CB Kenneth Acker, RB Knile Davis, G/C Mike Person, and TE Ross Travis.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (shoulder) returned to practice on Friday.

He should be in the starting lineup for Sunday's visit to the Georgia Dome. It's a #ComingHome game for Houston, who played college ball for the Bulldogs.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Justin Houston (shoulder) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Houston got in a full session on Wednesday, so the Chiefs are likely just managing his reps. Houston was a one-man wrecking crew in Week 12 against the Broncos, though he did tweak his shoulder.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 05:23:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee, questionable) will play in Sunday's Week 11 game against the Buccaneers.

Houston is finally ready to make his 2016 debut following a lengthy recovery from ACL surgery. It's unlikely he plays his full allotment of snaps on Sunday but Houston's return is still a huge boost to Kansas City's pass rush.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:08:00 AM

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