KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Justin Houston said this week that he would be available to play in Saturday’s playoff game against the Texans in Houston, and the Kansas City Chiefs have now essentially confirmed it. They listed Houston on their final injury report of the week as probable to play against the Texans.
The Chiefs’ other Pro Bowl pass-rusher, Tamba Hali, and their hottest pass-rusher, Dee Ford, were listed as questionable for the game. Hali didn’t practice all week and Ford practiced only in the final session of the week on Thursday.
But expect both players to be available to help the Chiefs pressure Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer. The Chiefs can’t hold anything back now. Hali played as a backup in last week’s win against the Raiders despite not practicing during the week. Assuming Ford has cleared the concussion protocol, he should be available as well.
Houston missed the final five games of the regular season because of a hyperextended knee, so he might not be as effective as usual. He will play with a bulky brace on the knee.
The Chiefs had six sacks against Oakland last week without Houston at all or Hali on a full-time basis. Ford had a sack, giving him four in his past four games.
The Chiefs will make a change on their offensive line because a concussion to center Mitch Morse will keep him out of Saturday’s game. Zach Fulton will start at center, as he did when Morse missed the Dec. 6 game against Oakland. Fulton has also started five games at guard this season.