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Tamba Hali and Justin Houston Injury Updates

Two of the Chiefs’ best defensive players, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, left the first half of yesterday’s game against the San Diego Chargers with injuries.

Unfortunately for both players, and the Chiefs’ defense as a whole, they didn’t end up returning.

Kansas City lost the game 38-41, and the loss of Hali and Houston was really felt on the defense.

As a whole, the unit gave up 491 yards of offense and really fell apart in the second half when it mattered most. Would the outcome have been different with Hali and Houston in the game? I guess we’ll never know. But, it was easy to tell that the Chiefs’ defense wasn’t the same without its two best outside linebackers.

Head coach Andy Reid met with the media today and discussed the status of his star defenders, and it seemed to be a good news bad news situation.

First, let’s get to the good news.

The MRI on Hali’s ankle was apparently positive, according to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, and that’s good news, without a doubt:

Randy Covitz, also of the star, Tweeted more information on Hali’s injury:

For what it’s worth, in my estimation it seems that Hali is going to be fine. Perhaps he won’t be ready for this weekend, but it does seem like he’s making great progress already.

The word on Houston isn’t as optimistic though.

He left the game with an elbow injury, and according to Paylor, it continued to swell through the night.

The official term is a subluxation of the elbow, according to Covitz:

And there’s the bad news, folks.

Without a MRI we’ll have no idea how hurt Houston really us, but he can’t get one done until the swelling goes down. The fact that it kept getting worse over night isn’t a good sign either.

Let it be known that I’m not a doctor, just a football writer and football coach, but it doesn’t take a doctor to diagnose that Houston’s injury is a significant one.

Hopefully I’m wrong though, because the Chiefs will need both players at full strength in order to finish this season off strong and compete in the playoffs.

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  • micah stephenson

    Wow! Hopefully Tamba will b good to go sunday and we can get Justins MRI soon. When does devito cone back?

  • stephan costa

    That hurts. Every piece of the D is very important. Without Hali Houston & Devito it was painful to watch them give up big play after big play. The positive was Alex Smith & the offense answered the bell & were up to every challange! I firmly believe had the Chiefs been left with 1:22 & 2 t.o.’s of their own instead of 20 seconds the final score would of been 45-41 K.C. If the offense keeps making strides and the D can get healthy as well as tweak some coverages( like the rub routes they keep getting caught on) this might just be a blessing in disguise. The idea is to have all 3 phases of their game hitting their peak come playoff time

  • micah stephenson

    Sanchez at fanside just reported Hali injury is a SLIGHT sprain. He shud b good to go sunday! :) This is good news!

  • 44WinMag

    years ago my son had a subluxation and it was an easy fix. the doctor just popped the elbow back in place with almost immediate relief.

    • berttheclock

      Your son’s injury was what is referred as a nursemaid’s elbow. Ever see children try to jerk away from someone holding their hand? Simplest version of them. However, there are some degrees which are more serious and can require 2 to 3 weeks in a sling. I really hope the swelling has gone down and is much closer to what your son experienced

  • Danny W

    I’m thinking Houston is done for the year. That looked nasty yesterday.