No Justin Houston at Chiefs minicamp


A few teams are dealing with absent veterans during this week’s mandatory minicamps, including the Chiefs.

Linebacker Justin Houston did not report for work on Tuesday, a day after coach Andy Reid said he did not know if Houston would be on the field with his teammates. Houston has stayed away from Chiefs workouts all offseason as part of a push for an extension with the team before his contract expires after the 2014 season.

Houston stands to lose nearly $70,000 in fines as a result of no-showing the minicamp, but his absence won’t become a major cause for concern unless it drags into training camp. The Chiefs can use this week’s work to focus on getting first-round pick Dee Ford up to speed ahead of camp so that he can be a contributor whether or not Houston is on the field.

Adam Teicher of reports that the Chiefs did just that on Tuesday, giving the rookie all the snaps with the first team. Per Teicher, it “looked like he didn’t mess anything up” which is a step in the right direction as the team makes its plans for the season.

7 responses to “No Justin Houston at Chiefs minicamp

  1. Adam Teicher became a better beat reporter after leaving the KC star, I don’t know why.

    As for Houston, the front office is probably working on that deal right now, because there’s absolutely no reason not to.

  2. There are fines for missing mandatory camp days right? Houston deserves the raise here, but these athletes signed a contract and for them to not fulfill their end by holding out like this is kind of frustrating.

    As a chiefs fan they better pay him after releasing flowers

  3. Justin Houston was a first round talent who fell to KC in the third round because of some off field stuff that seems to have been bogus. He squabbled during negotiations, but finally signed.

    He has far outplayed the value of his first deal and probably wants to get something done before Tom Condon eats the lion’s share of available cap space for Alex Smith.

    He’ll be paid, but he is not likely to get a contract that will make him too expensive to keep down the road, as was the case with Brandon Flowers.

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