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Justin Houston plays, but Marcus Peters misses first game for Chiefs

The Chiefs’ Justin Houston was on the field for warmups prior to the Buccaneers game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Houston has not played since January.
The Chiefs’ Justin Houston was on the field for warmups prior to the Buccaneers game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Houston has not played since January. deulitt@kcstar.com

On a day when the Chiefs got one star player back, another didn’t play.

Linebacker Justin Houston returned for the first time since last season’s playoffs, and cornerback Marcus Peters missed the first game of his two-year career on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arrowhead Stadium.

Peters suffered a hip pointer in last week’s victory at Carolina.

“His hip is just killing him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I just sent him home just to get off that leg and make that thing better. Let’s just start back up tomorrow with rehab and get going with it.”

Peters’ absence was noticeable in Tampa Bay’s 19-17 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 331 yards.

The Chiefs started Steven Nelson in Peters’ spot at left cornerback, and Kenneth Acker started at right corner.

“Obviously that hurt them not having their playmaker on the field,” Winston said. “We had some stuff, gameplan-wise to stay away from him.”

Acker, acquired in a trade from the 49ers in August, made his first start for the Chiefs. With a trip to Denver on the horizon, Acker said the quicker the Chiefs digest this one the better.

“You’re not going to win all of them,” Acker said. “You’ve got to eat it, taste it, let it go down and get on to the next one.”

Also inactive for the Chiefs: wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, defensive end Jaye Howard, quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Bishop Sankey, linebacker Dadi Nicolas and offensive lineman Mike Person.

During the game, outside linebacker Dee Ford suffered a hamstring injury, and running back Charcandrick West went through concussion protocol.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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