Justin Houston had a knee scope


Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston missed the final five games of the regular season because of a knee injury and didn’t look like himself during the team’s two playoff appearances, which was a blow to the Kansas City pass rush as they wound down their season.

Houston’s efforts to make sure things run more smoothly in 2016 included a trip to the surgeon. General Manager John Dorsey said Thursday that the linebacker had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this offseason to clean up the damage that hindered him down the stretch.

There’s no word on whether Houston will miss any of the team’s offseason schedule, although that’s probably less of a concern for the Chiefs than having Houston feeling 100 percent when it comes time for training camp this summer.

Dorsey said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, that linebacker Tamba Hali also had a “clean-up” procedure on his knee. Hali is set for unrestricted free agency next month and Dee Ford’s play while Houston was out of the lineup will likely impact how much of a push they’ll make to bring the veteran back.