Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stated yesterday that the Chiefs should get star outside linebacker Tamba Hali back for this week’s big revenge game against the Denver Broncos, but it sounds more and more like Justin Houston will be out this week with a dislocated elbow.
According to reports from FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Justin Houston will be out for 2-3 weeks due to the elbow dislocation, as he also has sprained ligaments and torn muscles in the area. As Rapoport notes, the fact that Houston will be out for 2-3 weeks is actually good news, because it indicates that Houston’s dislocation is indeed minor. Elbow injuries like this are tricky, and it only takes a glance at New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley’s injury to see why.
Losing Houston for a few weeks will hurt the Chiefs in their quest to win the division and a playoff bye, but the great news is that Houston will be back in time for the playoffs. Plus, Hali won’t be missing any games with an ankle injury, and that’s even better news. The Chiefs pass rushing duo obviously works best in tandem, but at least the Chiefs won’t have to lose both All-Pro players over the next couple of weeks. It’s been a joy to watch both Hali and Houston go after quarterbacks this season, as they have a combined 20 sacks between them this season.