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Reid: Houston dislocated elbow, Hali has ankle sprain

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Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston’s elbow was too swollen for him to have an MRI on Monday, but coach Andy Reid passed along some information about the injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s 41-38 loss to the Chargers.

Reid said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star, that Houston had a subluxation, or dislocation, of his elbow during Sunday’s game. The MRI will be necessary to assess how much damage was done when the elbow popped out and how long it will take for Houston to get back on the field.

The news was better in regard to Houston’s fellow edge rusher Tamba Hali. Reid said Hali sprained his ankle during the game, but that it has made “big improvements” since Sunday. It’s not the dreaded high ankle sprain, which is a good thing for his chances of playing.

The Chiefs defense slumped badly on Sunday after Hali and Houston were injured, going from a 14-3 lead to their eventual demise once they lost the leaders of their pass rush. A similar performance against the Broncos in Week 13 would seriously limit the Chiefs’ chances of winning both the game and the division, making the health of the two outside linebackers the storyline to watch in Kansas City this week.

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39 Responses to “Reid: Houston dislocated elbow, Hali has ankle sprain”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    Reality has hit the Chiefs hard..

  2. dontouchmyjunk says: Nov 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    You left out the throat clearing and coughing.

  3. nosmak40 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:51 PM

    Not as hard as it hit the donkey’s last night

  4. afcdomination says: Nov 25, 2013 1:53 PM

    uh, if reality is after a 2-14 season, you get the 5th seed, and those players will be back and healthy for a playoff game?

    yeah, that is an awful reality, being 9-2.

  5. motown81 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    I have to agree that if you asked a Chief’s fan or player if after 12-weeks that they would be 9-2 and playing for first place in week 13 that they would be and should be happier than Xmas morning!

  6. thepftpoet says: Nov 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    Chiefs are a fringe wildcard team at best

    Denver > Chiefs

  7. yb1956 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    Another reality is Reid’s clock management.

  8. buddysguys says: Nov 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    Back to life back to reality….back to life back to reality.

  9. kennyadler1 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    Is it me or does a “dislocated elbow” just sound like the worst pain on the planet?? Man, that has to hurt…..

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    Dislocations are very painful and who knows what damage was done to the ligaments and muscles. That’s a tough one to go through. In a worst case he’s done for the year.

  11. mizzousooner says: Nov 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    Reality is this; this is most likely Mannings last season and after another predictable, inevitable one and done in the playoffs, the Donkeys won’t be heard from for at least a decade.

  12. otistaylor89 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:27 PM

    “Is it me or does a “dislocated elbow” just sound like the worst pain on the planet?? Man, that has to hurt…..”

    I dislocated my elbow playing pickup basketball a few years ago. On a pain scale of 1-10 it was a 13. The swelling was unbelieveable – and mine went back in by itself.
    I can’t believe these professional athletes dislocate their elbows and act like it’s just another injury.

  13. jk86nfl says: Nov 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    Chiefs are a fringe wildcard team at best

    If they win 1-2 more, they’re in. Basically their competitors have to win out and the Chiefs have to lose 6 games or so. Against petty teams like the Redskins and Raiders, this seems improbable.

  14. johninthewest says: Nov 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    mizzousooner says:Nov 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    Reality is this; this is most likely Mannings last season and after another predictable, inevitable one and done in the playoffs, the Donkeys won’t be heard from for at least a decade.

    __________________________________________

    Last year for Manning?? Ha!! What Kool aide do you all drink in KC??

    Denver is mad as hell.. I feel a major beat down coming this Sunday. ..

  15. badmoonrison says: Nov 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    The fraud has officially been exposed.

  16. nosmak40 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    Denver’s a one and done playoff team.

  17. dalcow4 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    The Chiefs certainly aren’t bad– but they’ve beaten exactly ONE team which currently has a winning record and have played against mostly backup QBs.

    They looked absolutely horrible on D yesterday.

  18. jbaxt says: Nov 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    The good news is KC was supposed to suck and they’re 9-2. A record any team would take if given the option at the beginning of the year. KC fans are awesome and they’re in a no lose situation. Donkey trolls are mad because they paid so much for a guy who has yet to offer what a 1st round Josh McDaniels pick, who’s no longer in the league mind you, gave them. The Raiders were supposed to be bad like they are, the Chargers were supposed to be playing middle of the road, like they are. Rivers though Whitney is a top tier QB, I hate him but would take him over Alex Smith. KC added a few players and a new coach and 12 weeks into the season they share the best record in the AFC with the donkeys.

    As a Chiefs fan I’m on cloud 9 and will stay there throughout the season as my team has already beaten the 8-8 record I hoped for. Pioli destroyed the team atmosphere with his dictatorship style yet Dorsey and Reid have rejuvenated my team in less time than anyone expected and their record shows that.

    After this weekend, there a chance KC will maintain the best record on the AFC for the 13th time, this year.

    And keep the “see what happens when you play a real team, and finally a starting QB”. It’s hilarious. Especially as the NFC teams KC beat, with their starting QB’s continue to get better, 2 of which are 6-5 now (is that a winning record?).

    Go Chiefs!

  19. shayeezy says: Nov 25, 2013 2:57 PM

    dalcow4 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    The Chiefs certainly aren’t bad– but they’ve beaten exactly ONE team which currently has a winning record and have played against mostly backup QBs.

    how many winning teams have the broncos beat? i’ll answer that for you: it’s zero.

  20. jbaxt says: Nov 25, 2013 3:01 PM

    Backup QB trolls, here’s a lesson; The Chiefs played against 2, should be backups(Tuel and Fitzpatrick).

    Gabbert, Vick, Romo, E. Manning, Pryor, Keenum, Campbell, Peypey, and Rivers.

    And to precede your nonsense of Gabbert and Vick army starters, well neither were Campbell and Keenum but they’re clearly better than the starters before them.

    So yes, the 2 should be backups they played, and beat, are why they were 9-0…
    Brilliant!

  21. malvaren18 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:11 PM

    The Chief loose to the Chargers Come On Man.

  22. repmochief50 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Denver is mad as hell.. I feel a major beat down coming this Sunday
    …………………………………………………………………………
    I bet!! Up 24-0 and can’t close??? Bet you’re pissed you can’t pull away from the “Broncos Little Brother” I think someone said. If we both go 1 & done in the Play-offs will you still think your so Superior? #realitycheck

  23. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    Four division leaders and KC. Thats how many “winning” teams there currently are in the AFC. You gotta play somebody. In the NFC two current leaders are sitting on only six wins. There is a big gap from the “top” teams to the rest. So the whole who have you played? Well who have you played is kind of lame. The chiefs have played some weak teams, but everyone has. The fact is that they handled business when expected to. Not to mention all of those “week” teams have had to play not only kc but denver and san diego as well. That’s pretty tough. This division looks like one of the best over all. If youve got three team in playoff contention that’s hard to argue.

  24. kahunanc says: Nov 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    Philly haters enough get over AR. Let him take his 139-92-1. Let the man be. Besides you have Charles who is 6-5. Charles the man who will revolutionize football and did for one half against the dead skins. 2-14 to wild card or division winners ?? Go Chiefs !!!!!

  25. jrebar88 says: Nov 25, 2013 3:55 PM

    Ahhh did the poor baby get a boo boo??? Who is going to sack Manning now? Chiefs fans, how did it feel to be a Pats fan last night? #Pathetic

  26. afcdomination says: Nov 25, 2013 4:27 PM

    backups qb’s. yes. those guys

    schaub was AWFUL. keenum has been better. so that is a downgrade how?
    weeden, the sitting duck, or Campbell, who has also played well?
    Manuel in his game back after the KC game, played no better than jeff tuel. check those stats.
    they got Eli, they got Vick when the eagles were supposed to be unstoppable, they handled romo and the cowboys

    this whole notion that they aren’t “legit” is ridiculous. legit how? they are 9-2, they have an easy schedule because much like that top pick they had, they were 2-14 and earned it. what is the stick up the rear here? they then play no defense, while smith throws 3 td’s and 294 yards, and still, frauds to these same people. do the pats not have losses? did I miss where the bengals lost to the browns?

  27. ravenswhat says: Nov 25, 2013 4:30 PM

    Denver and the Chiefs play the same schedule. Coincidentally, they are both now finding out how easy that schedule has been as they can’t beat any half decent team they come across.

    They are both one and done in January.

  28. johninthewest says: Nov 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    How the Ravens doing???

  29. dualprime says: Nov 25, 2013 4:43 PM

    shayeezy says:
    Nov 25, 2013 2:57 PM
    dalcow4 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    The Chiefs certainly aren’t bad– but they’ve beaten exactly ONE team which currently has a winning record and have played against mostly backup QBs.

    how many winning teams have the broncos beat? i’ll answer that for you: it’s zero.
    ===================================
    Zero huh? Wrong answer genius! Broncos beat the Chiefs!

  30. phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 25, 2013 5:01 PM

    @jbaxt, dude the Chiefs were NOT supposed to be bad. They had what, 5 pro-bowlers on their team that won 2 games? Their record last year was an abberation, not an indicator of their true talent. All they needed was a quality starting QB, which they found(and you have to give AR credit for that, he tried to bring Alex Smith to Philly but couldn’t make a trade happen). But listen to me when I tell you, enjoy it while it lasts. 2 things are destined to sink the Chiefs in the next few years. 1. Andy Reid CANNOT run a draft. He constantly misses on easy picks and ALWAYS drafts a no-name D1-AA(FBS division or whatever crap they call it now) player in the top 3 rounds that s%&ts the bed(Chris Gocong anybody?). 2. Eventually he will take over play-calling and destroy your team by calling 75 passes and 10 runs every game. Just be glad that right now you have an offensive coordinator that tells Andy “no” when he says “let’s throw the ball even though were winning and have to run out the clock.” And if it doesn’t happen you might enjoy a somewhat sustained run of success until his horrible drafting starts to effect the depth chart. Until then, just enjoy the ride and I’m sorry you’re in the same division as Denver.

  31. slugdub says: Nov 25, 2013 5:27 PM

    lol@chiefs fans….lolouder@donkeyfans

  32. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    If the playoffs started right now. Denver would play at home throughout and have a first round bye. The chiefs would play in cincy and this would be a boring all defense game, the kind kc tends to win. Lets face it bengals not really that good. So there would be a xhance for one win. Now odds are indy would beat down wildcard # 2 whoever it ended up being, i mean really come on.
    So in that case kc would head to denver, yet again. Now i think we’ve seen a preview of how that would go so denver would also grab a win, sry other chiefs fans.
    now this is strictly hypethatical of course, but it sounds reasonable. So how can any of you be so convinced of “thier both one and done” come playoffs. Maybe you should quit smoking your breakfast and look at the projected outlook.

  33. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 25, 2013 5:45 PM

    Nov 25, 2013 5:01 PM @jbaxt, dude the Chiefs were NOT supposed to be bad. They had what, 5 pro-bowlers on their team that won 2 games? Their record last year was an abberation, not an indicator of their true talent. ……….

    …………………
    You are right about the talent. The only team with more probowlers last year was the SB champs. They were however still expected to be far worse than they are. New coaching staff, new systems ect. Were expected to be in a rebuilding mode of sorts. Andy has done a good job of fitting pieces in that they already owned, however there is still work to be done in defense depth. O line interior. Reciever depth. And a corner that is not sean smith. That guy is horrible. I dont like alex smith all that much but he works for what andy does and is a far cry from Matt Cassel aweful.

  34. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    Shoot them up with local anaesthetics, and then bury the Broncos!

  35. tahnoonzee says: Nov 25, 2013 6:55 PM

    Chargers exposed them. They could very well lose the rest of their games from here on out, it’s very likely.

    week 13: vs Denver L
    week 14: at Washington L
    week 15: at Oakland L
    week 16: vs Indianapolis L
    week 17: at San Diego (battle for final AFC wild card spot) L

  36. squidjohnsidney says: Nov 25, 2013 6:58 PM

    the kc chubs (cubs) of the nfl no playoff victories in 20 yrs. most of you chubs fans were still inside your daddy the last time your team went to a super bowl, that would be 5 decades ago!!! ha ha ha ha ha !!!! the saints, bucs, and even the bungles have been to a super bowl in that time! chubs 9-3 after this weekend, and finish 10-6.

    BRONCOS

  37. justamoguy says: Nov 25, 2013 8:48 PM

    tahnoonzee ,

    Really? Now you are just trying to get reactions.

    Last time a team had the wheels fall off like that, was in 2009 when Denver lost 8 out of 10 games to end the season after starting 6-0…..and miss the playoffs.

    And phillyphannnn83, you are proof as to why Philly will never be half the football town Kansas City is.

    The Eagles have been around 27 years longer than the Chiefs. Both teams have 2 conference championships, and the Chiefs have a Superbowl victory.

    So if anything, the Chiefs have enjoyed a little more success but let us say they are about the same.

    Marty Schottenheimer went 101 and 58 in Kansas City (30th all-time winning %). He never took the team to a Superbowl and is BELOVED in this city.
    Andy Reid went 130 and 93 in Philly (36th all-time winning %). He took the team to one of their two Superbowl and has people like you ripping on him every chance they can.
    No wonder when he got to Kansas City he said he felt like he could enjoy coaching again and was having fun.

    But then again, I guess Kansas City is not known for throwing batteries at Santa Claus.
    But it is ok, Coach Reid has now found a home with true fan that do not turn on every coach or player that has played for them.
    As for your comments about Coach Reid not having very good drafts. I guess it is a good thing that we have a General Manager that does that. You do realize that Andy Reid is not the GM in KC, like he was in Philly….right? You do realize that Coach Reid chose to not have that responsibility, right? In fact, you do realize that he help pick John Dorsey for that job?

    Naa, I didn’t think you knew that. That would have required you actually understand how a TEAM works, and how there are more people making decisions for the teams than the Head Coach. It would also mean that you actually took time to look things up before you spouted off on here.

  38. joetoronto says: Nov 26, 2013 4:21 AM

    La Bamba Hali is as overrated as the Chiefs are.

    House of cards.

  39. blogatron2000 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:01 AM

    swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 25, 2013 5:45 PM

    “…And a corner that is not sean smith. That guy is horrible.”
    —————————————————

    Couldn’t agree more. The Chargers torched him all day and that’s not the first time this season that has happened. He is the weak link in the D and once Hali and Houston went down, the lack of a pass rush really exposed him.

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