Chiefs injuries: Justin Houston not practicing with bad knee
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the practice field for the first time this week, and they are missing a very important piece in Justin Houston.
While this probably isn’t coming as a shock to anybody, the Chiefs are not getting any participation from a notable name on Wednesday afternoon. Reports are out, and the word is that outside linebacker Justin Houston won’t practice, while running back Spencer Ware will be on the field.
Houston is trying to get his surgically repaired knee to calm down. He’s had swelling in recent weeks, something that kept him out of Kansas City’s Christmas night win over the Denver Broncos. In that game, Ware took a hard shot in the second half and did not return, although head coach Andy Reid said sitting him out was a precaution. Ware was scheduled to have an MRI yesterday on his ribs, telling us that there are no breaks, only a bruise.
The Chiefs are also waiting to get back the services of cornerback Phillip Gaines, who has been in and out of the lineup all year with a balky knee. At this point, Gaines seems to be a long-term injury and with the emergence of Terrance Mitchell, it’s unlikely he gets his starting spot back in 2016 anyway.