Houston being monitored for concussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston took a shot to the head and neck area during last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans and is being monitored for symptoms of a concussion.

“So far he’s been clear of any signs of that, so that’s a plus,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “But we’re taking him through that whole protocol on that and just making sure. The kid’s doing a nice job and we don’t want to do anything to jeopardize him at all.’’

Houston did not participate in practice Wednesday but was in attendance. He is second in the league in sacks with 8.5.

His loss for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium would be a big one. The Chiefs would find replacing his pass rush skills difficult. But his backup, Frank Zombo, played well during the preseason.

Houston stayed in the game after getting injured last week. He was in on every defensive snap.