One of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ top pass rushers is back to work, and not a moment too soon. Justin Houston, after an elbow injury he incurred in the Chiefs’ game with the San Diego Chargers three weeks ago, is back to practice this week, and there is a chance he will play with his team against the Oakland Raiders on the road this Sunday.
Houston and linebacker Tamba Hali form one of the most frightening defensive duos in the league, more particularly dangerous for opposing quarterbacks. Houston’s replacement, Frank Zombo, seemed to do just fine against the Washington Redskins this past Sunday, chalking up six sacks.
The Chiefs and their fans are no doubt extremely pleased to have Houston back. Zombo’s performance, magnificent as it was, is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that the Redskins don’t have much to write home about when it comes to the strength of their offensive line. Houston is a crucial part of Kansas City’s defensive squad, and as the Chiefs are within striking distance of an AFC Wild Card spot, his return to practice must be thrilling, if not reinvigorating for his teammates’ morale.
Houston is still wearing a brace on his elbow, and it’s not 100 percent certain he’ll play in Sunday’s game, but he’s closer to being back in full swing than he was while his elbow was on the mend. He did appear to be practicing with full drive and vigor with teammates Hali and Dezman Moses, without showing signs of his elbow being tender.
Even if he doesn’t play against the Raiders, there’s still two more games in the regular season against the Indianapolis Colts and the Chargers again the Sunday after that. Then there’s certainly the postseason games after that, the most important of the year.