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50 Justin Houston OLB
Height/Weight: 6-3/258 | Birthdate: 1/12/1989 | Birthplace: Chico, CA, USA | Team: Kansas City | College: Georgia | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 57/40 | Average Draft Position: 181.25
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Chiefs, Justin Houston not close on new deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) A "huge" gap remains between the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston during contract negotiations, a league source told ProFootballTalk.com.

Justin Houston arrives at Chiefs camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Sources say Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston arrived on-time for training camp, the Kansas City Star reported. Houston is unhappy with his contract and contemplated holding out in protest but chose not to. He's a free agent after this season. 

Justin Houston expected to show up at training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston skipped all offseason workouts and remains upset with his contract. But "common sense likely will prompt him to show up for training camp," reports Pro Football Talk. 

If Houston fails to report within 30 days of the season opener, he'd forfeit his chance at 2015 free agency. Houston has 21 sacks in 27 games the past two seasons. He's scheduled to make $1.406 million in the final year of his rookie contract.


Justin Houston a no-show at mandatory minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston did not show up for the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp, reports Pro Football Talk. Houston, who also skipped voluntary OTAs, is seeking a big extension as he enters the final year of his contract.

Houston has 26.5 sacks in his three NFL seasons. His absence Monday enabled rookie Dee Ford to take all the first-team snaps.


Two key Chiefs defenders skip OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Brandon Flowers did not report for the start of OTAs, reports the Kansas City Star. Houston is entering the last year of his deal seeking a big extension, while Flowers is reportedly on the trading block.

Dee Ford lands in wrong place for Fantasy


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) When the Chiefs drafted Dee Ford , they took a player at a position they already have two established studs at. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both play outside linebacker for the Chiefs, precisely the position Ford will play now that he's on their team. 

Coach Andy Reid envisions using Ford as part of a rotation, which isn't a bad way to ease him into professional football. But it stings Fantasy owners because he won't play every down unless something happens to either Hali or Houston. The double whammy is that he'll play outside linebacker instead of defensive end, which means he'll post numbers that aren't as good as other linebackers in the league. Throw in a back injury that had doctors nervous at the combine and it makes for a challenging situation. 

For these reasons, Ford shouldn't be touched in seasonal Fantasy play and has only mild appeal in dynasty/keeper leagues as a late-round pick. Owners in rookie-only drafts might consider Ford with a mid- to late-round pick since they'd aim for using him over the long haul. 


Chiefs defense in good shape for playoffs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is officially active for Saturday's Wild Card round game against the Colts, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report with a knee injury. Hali sat out the team's final regular season game as a result of the injury as well. 

Hali is joined on the field by fellow injured linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and defensive back Ron Parker (finger, ankle), both of whom were considered probable for the game. 


Chiefs mostly healthy heading into playoff game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) is listed as questionable for the Saturday playoff clash at Indianapolis. Aside from ruled-out tackle Eric Fisher, he is the lone threat not to play.

The probables are tackle Branden Albert (knee), wideout Dwayne Bowe (concussion), linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), offensive lineman Eric Kush (ankle) and defensive back Ron Parker (finger/ankle).


Justin Houston likely to return for playoff game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, who racked up 11 sacks in the first 10 games before a dislocated elbow cost him the last four games of the regular season, should play Saturday at Indianapolis.

His participation could be a boon for bookend linebacker Tamba Hali, who went sackless in three of the four games in which Houston was inactive due partly to increased double-teaming. Nose tackle Dontari Poe spoke about what the return of Houston could mean to the defense.

"Those guys are great pass-rushers, so (teams) can't just come in and ... double one person, he told the Kansas City Star. "Somebody has to have one-on-one ... when one of those guys are down, it's not the same."

Houston and Hali both finished the regular season with 11 sacks.


Injured Chiefs cleared to face Chargers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Several Chiefs who were probable on the injury report are active at San Diego, including offensive tackle Eric Fisher (shoulder), linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), linebacker James-Michael Johnson (shoulder), cornerback Ron Parker (ankle, shoulder), offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (knee) and kicker Ryan Succop (groin).

NFL reveals defensive selections for Pro Bowl


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL unveiled the roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl Friday, the first in league history with selections determined with regard to conerence. The defensive Pro Bowl selections, as chosen by fan vote as well as coaches and players, are broken down by position as follows, with the teams to be selected Jan. 22 via televised draft.

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner,Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.
Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.


Seven Chiefs probable for regular season finale


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Chiefs have designated seven players as probable for their game Sunday against the Chargers, including top linebacker Justin Houston (elbow).

The others are fellow linebacker James-Michael Johnson  (shoulder), offensive linemen Donald Stephenson (knee)l, Eric Fisher (shoulder) and Branden Albert (knee), defensive back Ron Parker (ankle/shoulder) and kicker Ryan Succop (groin).


Three injuries headline Chiefs inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Among the seven players inactive for the Chiefs in Week 16 against the Colts, only three are out as a result of injuries. Tackle Branden Albert (knee) is joined on the sidelines by linebackers Justin Houston (elbow) and Nico Johnson (ankle).

Additionally, offensive linemen Rishaw Johnson and Eric Kush, quarterback Tyler Bray, and defensive lineman Jaye Howard are all out of uniform Sunday. 


Justin Houston one of two linebackers out for Chiefs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was unable to play through his elbow injury in Week 16 against the Colts Sunday, the fourth game in a row he has missed as a result of the injury. Houston was able to return to practice during the week, but could not play Sunday.

Houston was joined by fellow linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle) on the inactive list for Week 16. 


Justin Houston, Branden Albert questionable for Week 16


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and tackle Branden Albert (knee) have been listed as questionable for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. Albert has been inactive the last two weeks while Houston has missed the last three.

Justin Houston practices against on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Two straight days of limited practice participation indicates that Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston could return to action in Week 16 against Indianapolis after missing the last three with an elbow injury.

Houston was as proficient a pass-rusher sacker as any in the NFL the first half of the season with 11 sacks, but was blanked in that department in four games previous to sustaining the injury.


Justin Houston ready to roll in Wednesday session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston has missed the last three games with an elbow injury, but he will practice Wednesday with the starters, according to ESPN. He worked on a limited basis last week and could be on track to return to game action Sunday against Indianapolis.

Anthony Fasano, Dexter McCluster among inactives for Kansas City


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) The Chiefs ruled the following players inactive for Week 15 against the Raiders: quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receiver Dexter McCluster, outside linebacker Justin Houston, center Eric Kush, offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson, left tackle Branden Albert and tight end Anthony Fasano.

Trio of Chiefs ruled out for game against Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Three Chiefs expected to be inactive Sunday at Oakland have indeed been ruled out. They are tackle Branden Albert (knee), linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee).

Justin Houston returns to limited practice status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was slated to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. He missed the last two games with a dislocated elbow.

Though he had already gained a reputation as a strong pass rusher, Houston was one of the defensive surprises of the NFL early in the year with 7 1/2 sacks in his first three games. But he has had just 3 1/2 since and none in his last three games played before sustaining the injury.


Justin Houston inactive as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was inactive for a second straight game because of a dislocated elbow Week 14 at Washington. He was ruled out for the contest Friday after being unable to practice all week.

Three key Chiefs players red-lighted for game against Redskins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) As expected, Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee) and tackle Branden Albert (knee) have been ruled out for the game Sunday at Washington. None was a practice participant this week.

Chiefs trio sidelined from Thursday session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Three key Chiefs players have been red-lighted for Thursday practice. Tackle Branden Albert (ankle), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion/knee) and linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) are all out.

Three key Chiefs players sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (knee), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion) and linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) were all red-lighted for practice on Wednesday.

Justin Houston aiming to play Week 14


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday linebacker Justin Houston, who missed Sunday's game against the Broncos with an elbow injury, is making progress and is aiming to play Week 14 at Washington.

"I don’t know if that’s real or not real," Reid said. "But that’s his mindset. We’re going to see how he does here. He’s in a day-to-day situation. He’s made some strides, but that would be quite a feat if he were able to make it."