Chiefs vs. Bengals: Justin Houston, Eric Berry among K.C. inactives

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Eric Berry /

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without safety Eric Berry for the first seven weeks of the season officially now that he’s been listed among inactives vs. Bengals.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to suit up for games without their best defensive player but these days they’re doing so without their two best defenders with news that Justin Houston has joined Eric Berry for the second straight week on the sideline.

As the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs second straight week in primetime on Sunday night, Andy Reid’s squad will be without their best overall safety and their best pass rusher. Houston is once again out after also sitting last week against the Patriots with no end in sight to his injury. Berry continues to sit out due to pain from a bone spur that, for unknown reasons, aren’t being surgically repaired.

The good news is that the Chiefs aren’t nearly as thin as they were seven days ago, when Eric Murray was also missing from among the safeties and Tanoh Kpassagnon was also injured. Both players should help their respective areas to withstand the rigors of a full game and help with overall depth and fatigue.

As for the other inactives, the Chiefs will be without defensive lineman Justin Hamilton, running back Darrel Williams, linebacker Nate Orchard, guard Kahlil McKenzie and center Mitch Morse.

The Bengals are also missing a couple key players among inactives including cornerback Darqueze Dennard, running back Gio Bernard, center Billy Price, linebacker Nick Vigil, tight end Tyler Kroft, defensive lineman Josh Tupou and wide receiver Josh Malone.