Justin Houston injury: Chiefs LB likely out with dislocated elbow

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Kansas City will probably be without their top pass-rusher against Denver after suffering an injury last Sunday.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing for the division lead on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, and likely without their best pass-rusher, according to Adam Schefter.

Justin Houston suffered a dislocated elbow in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers last week and did not return. When he hurt the elbow, Houston laid on the turf and kicked his legs, causing multiple players from both teams to wave on medical personnel. Luckily for the Chiefs, this injury does not appear season-ending.

As Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride points out, this is not a shocker to the team who believed Houston might be in trouble this week.

Houston leads Kansas City with 11 sacks on the campaign. The third-year pro out of the University of Georgia is beginning to become a household name, making the Pro Bowl for the first time last year and being well on his way to another trip to Honolulu this year.

At 9-2, the Chiefs are all but assured a playoff berth, giving them the freedome to rest Houston until he is 100 percent. However, the division is practically on the line this weekend. Should Kansas City lose, it would be a game behind Denver and lose any tiebreak scenario. If the Chiefs win, they would be a game ahead and have four very winnable games to close the season.

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