The Chiefs confirmed Wednesday that outside linebacker Justin Houston has visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, according to a team spokesman.
The news was first reported by NFL Network's Rand Getlin.
Houston has missed the Chiefs' last two games after suffering a hyperextended knee in a 30-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 29. Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said in the days following the game that Houston is considered “day-to-day,” but Houston has still not practiced since then — Wednesday included — and the Chiefs have not set a timetable on his return.
In his stead, 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford has started in a 34-20 win over Oakland and a 10-3 win over San Diego. Ford shined against the Chargers on Sunday, recording three sacks and finally showing some of the promise that caused the Chiefs to invest a high pick in him.
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“I think he just needs to keep playing,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He keeps getting better and better, and yesterday, you got the full picture.”
Ford was also involved in the final play of the game, when he had the coverage on running back Danny Woodhead, who failed to haul in a potential touchdown pass. It was a measure of redemption for Ford, who got beat on a crossing route for a 22-yard gain earlier in the game.
“He had three sacks, got beat on a crossing route by the tight end, but came right back and made one of the biggest plays of the game at the end, covering what I think is a very good football player, So he learned from the first one, took care of it the second time and did a very good job.”
Outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), safety Husain Abdullah, receiver De’Anthony Thomas (concussion) and running back Spencer Ware (ribs) missed Wednesday practice. This was a typically scheduled off day for Hali, whose balky knee requires rest.
Offensive lineman Jeff Allen (ankle) and defensive end Mike DeVito (concussion/shoulder) did not play in the Chiefs’ 10-3 win over the Chargers on Sunday, but both were full practice participants on Wednesday.