QJustin Houston LB KC 2 weeks ago

Houston (knee) will play in the 2016-17 season according to GM John Dorsey, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston went through ACL surgery back in February and was given a recovery timetable ranging from 6-12 months. The linebacker did not tear his ACL, but instead it was revealed that his ACL was not function properly. The 27-year-old missed the final five games of the regular season and saw limited action during the playoffs. Dorsey did not confirm a timetable for Houston's return or if he would be ready in time for the regular-season opener, but more information will arise as the Chiefs begin training camp this summer.

QJustin Houston LB KC 1 month ago

Houston (knee) was given a recovery timetable of six-to-12 months after having ACL surgery in February, The Kansas City Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although the ligament wasn't torn, a scope on Houston's knee revealed that his ACL was not functioning properly. This could actually be trickier than a clean tear, as evidenced by the wide range given for his recovery period. Initially diagnosed with a PCL injury in late November, the 27-year-old Houston missed the final five games of the regular season and was very limited in Kansas City's two playoff contests. He's now highly uncertain to be ready for Week 1, which could allow 2014 first-round selection Dee Ford to operate in a full-time/three-down role.

QJustin Houston LB KC 3 months ago

Houston finished the 2015 regular season with 7.5 sacks, 25 tackles and two interceptions,.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Houston was unable to reach double-digits in sacks for the first time in the past four seasons, much of that can be attributed to a knee injury that kept him out of five contests. Finishing just the first year of a six-year, $101 million contract, Houston will once again serve among the Chiefs' linebacking corps in 2016, and should be a candidate to reach double-digit sacks once again.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) is listed as active Saturday at New England, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Absent from the final five games of the regular season due to a hyperextended right knee, Houston was a shell of himself in the wild-card round, notching three tackles (two solo) against the Texans. His activity level during the week doesn't improve his stock much -- limited showings Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a DNP on Friday -- but the pass rusher will be out there opposite Tamba Hali (knee/thumb).

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's playoff game against the Patriots.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston missed the final five regular season games due to a hyperextended knee, and although he returned to make three tackles (two solo) in last weekend's playoff win over the Texans, Houston's status remains on the fence for Saturday's upcoming kickoff. The Chiefs' star pass-rusher would likely don a knee brace once again if he plays Saturday, but with teammate Tamba Hali (thumb) also questionable, Kansas City's outside linebacking tandem is certainly banged-up.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) is active for Saturday's Wild Card game in Houston, BJ Kissell of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston used the final five games of the season to rehab a hyperextended right knee, but full practices dominated his week, implying that he's nearing 100 percent. No matter, James Palmer of NFL Network suggested on Saturday morning that Houston could be limited in the playoff opener, which would reduce his potential pass-rushing opportunities.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) will play in Saturday's game against the Texans, but could be limited, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston has been a full participant in practice for the last week, so any concerns of limitations shouldn't be too severe. Even if he isn't quite 100 percent, he should still be a strong tool against a Texans offensive line that ranks in the middle of the pack in sacks allowed.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's playoff tilt against the Texans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston is expected to make his first appearance since Nov. 29, when a hyperextended left knee put him on the shelf. Coming off a full week of practice, Houston represents a big boost to the Chiefs' defensive front.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) practiced fully Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston's full practice participation supports the notion put forth by the linebacker earlier this week that he'll take the field Saturday against the Texans. Houston -- who is bouncing back from a hyperextended left knee -- last played on Nov. 29. Prior to that, he recorded 30 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two picks in 11 games.

QJustin Houston LB KC 4 months ago

Houston (knee) will practice Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Houston hasn't played since Week 12 while recovering from a hyperextended left knee. However, he made it back to practice as a limited participant Friday, setting him up for a return in the opening round of the playoffs. Houston seems more likely than not to suit up against the Texans, but it's entirely possible he'll be limited in terms of snap count and/or effectiveness. His primary matchup would likely be against RT Derek Newton, who Houston unsurprisingly got the best of back in Week 1.