The Kansas City Chiefs are getting healthier but Justin Houston and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif remained limited in practice on Friday.
What used to be quite a long list is getting a bit shorter and shorter with each passing week, especially in this mini-bye enjoyed by the Chiefs after having to play on Thursday Night Football in Week 7. Unfortunately Justin Houston, the team’s best pass rusher and defensive star, remains limited in practice on Friday along with starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as the Chiefs prepare to host the Denver Broncos in primetime on Monday Night Football.
Houston and LDT were limited in practice on Thursday as well, and if the pair can’t return to practice in full on Saturday, it will be interesting to see their gametime designations heading into Monday’s contest. Duvernay-Tardif has already missed the last few weeks as Cameron Erving and Jordan Devey have stepped in to replace him. For Houston, the possibility of missing the Broncos game would be a brand new problem since Houston has been on the field for the first seven games of the season.
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Even if the Chiefs are dealing with limited availability from those players, they should be happy at the potential of getting others back. Starting center Mitch Morse seems like he’s finally ready to return from a foot sprain suffered in Week 2, and his athleticism and intelligence in the middle will bolster the running game and offensive efficiency.
On the defensive side, Steven Nelson’s potential return for the first time this season could move mountains for a secondary that’s suffered from poor play in recent weeks. Nelson’s availability will only push everyone else down the depth chart, meaning the team will be deeper and more talented at every cornerback spot in the secondary after Marcus Peters. After giving up over 400 passing yards to Derek Carr last week, the arrival of Nelson could be ideal.