There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Kansas City Chiefs star outside linebacker Justin Houston would be able to suit up when the team travels to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Saturday, but now, we have a good indication of his status.
THIS JUST IN: Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is probable for Saturday’s game vs Colts. Houston had 11 sacks on year despite missing last 5 weeks.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2014
Houston has been officially listed as “probable” for the game, pointing toward a very likely return to the lineup, and that is enormous for the Kansas City defense. The 24-year-old linebacker from the University of Georgia looked to be an early candidate for All-Pro or even NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors before going down with an elbow injury against the San Diego Chargers on November 24th, and he’s missed the past 5 contests.
Before the injury, Houston racked up 11 sacks (in addition to 44 tackles and 4 pass defenses) in just 11 games, and his presence would be huge in every aspect of the Chiefs defense, including putting much-needed pressure on Indy quarterback Andrew Luck. In addition to Houston, there is some worry about his counterpart, Tamba Hali, and his availability for the game, but at the very least, Kansas City should be stout on the side of Houston.