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Friday, November 29, 2013
Hali says he will be at full strength

By Adam Teicher

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- From the despair of last Sunday, when he thought his absence from the Kansas City Chiefs' lineup might be an extended one, linebacker Tamba Hali said he would be at full strength for this weekend's game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I'll be 100 percent," he said after Friday's practice. "I don't like to say 100 percent but I've tested it out to where I can do what I like doing. The hardest thing about playing our position is rushing inside with a sore ankle. You don't want to go in there because you don't want to plant it. I'm able to do that. That's allowing me to cut and change direction and sprint. I should be fine."

Hali will be listed as 50-50 to play against the Broncos when the Chiefs issue their final injury report of the week later Friday.

The Chiefs also officially ruled their other top pass-rusher, Justin Houston, out of Sunday's game. Houston dislocated his elbow in last week's loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Houston's MRI of the damaged elbow was pushed back to Wednesday this week because of swelling in the joint.

"The MRI revealed what we thought it would reveal and that is that he's got some ligament damage in his elbow and he's got some muscle damage in his elbow, which is normal for a dislocation," trainer Rick Burkholder said. "He's going through the process right now of trying to get his range of motion, tring to get his welling down. He's in a brace.

He's truly week to week. He won't play this week. Well take this weekend and treat him and rehab him and Monday we'll regroup as a staff and see where he's at."

Houston will be replaced in the starting lineup Sunday by veteran Frank Zombo. A former starter for the Green Bay Packers, Zombo showed good pass rush skills this year in preseason games.