Journeyman Ryan Harris will start at right tackle in place of Jeff Allen on Sunday at Denver.
The Chiefs announced Sunday that Allen will miss the season after having surgery to repair the bicep tendon in his elbow.
Harris replaced Allen in last week’s game against Tennessee and participated in 18 plays. He allowed one sack and was called for a false start.
Harris, 29, was signed in the off-season to provide depth in the offensive line. Harris, a third-round pick by Denver in 2007, spent five seasons with the Broncos before moving onto Houston for 2012-13.
Harris is wearing No. 68, the number former Chiefs guard Will Shields wore to 12 Pro Bowls, a spot in the Chiefs Hall of Fame and likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I feel lucky to be able to wear it,” said Harris, a 6-foot-5, 302-pounder, who started five games for Houston during the past two seasons.
The last time Harris played at Denver, the Texans beat the Broncos 31-25 in week three of the 2012 season.
“We look to do that again this week,” Harris said. “It’s a great fanbase out there in Denver, a great stadium, and they have a great team.”
Harris will be trying to block a Denver defense that includes an outstanding pass rushers in Von Miller, who had 18.5 sacks in 2012 and free agent signee DeMarcus Ware, who had 1.5 sacks in his Broncos debut last week against Indianapolis.
“You’ve got to do a lot of film study, be confident in the scheme and go out there and execute,” Harris said of going against Miller and Ware.