Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) leaves the field with an injury against the San Diego Chargers in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Houston nearing return for Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have been without star outside linebacker Justin Houston since he suffered a sublexed right elbow on Nov. 24, but it looks like their defense is closer than ever to having him back on the field.

Houston has been fighting hard to get back to the field since the injury, and if Thursday’s practice where he lined up with the first-team is any indication then he is just a few steps away from making his return on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

As long as Houston can get the clearance from doctors, you should expect him to suit up.

“He’s practicing and he’s in a lot of the drills and has worked with the first group,” said defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, via the Kansas City Star. “It’s just day to day and drill to-drill, but it’s great to see him out there.

“The thing I really appreciate about Justin is he’s practicing like he’s trying to play. Hopefully we can get him in. He would be a great boost for us.”

The Chiefs pass rush has been on the decline without Houston in the line up, so it would be great for the team to get him back with two weeks to warm up for the postseason.

As it currently looks, the Chiefs and Colts are on a collision course for the first round, so his first game back could be a good chance to familiarize himself with the Chiefs first opponent of the playoffs.

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