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Chiefs’ Justin Houston again pays tribute to ailing teammate Eric Berry

For the second week in a row, Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston paid tribute to safety Eric Berry, who is feared to have lymphoma. After his second-quarter sack of Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton, Houston rose to his feet, lifted up his shirt and pointed to a white shirt bearing Berry’s number, 29, written in marker.
For the second week in a row, Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston paid tribute to safety Eric Berry, who is feared to have lymphoma. After his second-quarter sack of Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton, Houston rose to his feet, lifted up his shirt and pointed to a white shirt bearing Berry’s number, 29, written in marker. The Kansas City Star

For the second week in a row, Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston paid tribute to safety Eric Berry, who is feared to have lymphoma.

After his second-quarter sack of Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton, Houston rose to his feet, lifted up his jersey and pointed to a white shirt bearing Berry’s number, 29, written in marker. Houston also followed with his traditional sack celebration, a prayer gesture with his hands.

Houston said he did the same celebration a week ago against Denver, even though you couldn’t see Berry’s number on his black shirt.

“I came up with it last week — that’s what I was doing when I was lifting my shirt up,” Houston said. “I had 29 written on much shirt, you just couldn’t see it last week.”

Houston said he does the celebration because he wants him to know he’s thinking about him.

“That’s my brother; he means a lot to me,” Houston said. “I’m just letting him know I’m always praying with him. He’s on the field with me at all times.”

Avant makes impact

Jason Avant has only been a Chief for two weeks, but he’s already recorded the longest reception from scrimmage of the year for his new team.

Avant, who was signed after being released by Carolina, was on the receiving end of a high, arcing pass from quarterback Alex Smith, who rolled out on a third-and-1 at the Chiefs’ 29-yard line and found Avant over the middle for a 41-yard gain.

Avant, led all wide receivers in yards (64) and catches (five) on Sunday, was asked if his prior connection with Chiefs coach Andy Reid — who he played under in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2012 — has helped him make an early impact.

“When you lose, that stuff doesn’t matter,” Avant said. “But Alex does a good job of shuffling me around. He’s helping me.”

Wilson has career day

Chiefs rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson started his first career game and caught a season-most four passes for 53 yards. He had caught four passes for 51 yards in eight previous games.

“I came out real comfortable in the situation I was put in,” said Wilson, who made the club as an undrafted rookie from Georgia State. “I felt like I’ve got to get better in some areas. I left a few plays out there on the field, but we’re going to get those taken care of.”

Another unsung player

The Chiefs have been victimized by some anonymous running backs in recent weeks — Oakland’s Latavius Murray (112 yards in four carries), Denver’s C.J. Anderson (168 yards) and Arizona’s Kerwynn Williams, who rushed for 100 yards two days after being activated from the practice squad.

“He’s emulating Jamaal Charles in practice on the scout team,” and then he goes for 100 in the game,” said wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. “That’s storybook stuff. He did a great job throughout the course of the game — not only rushing the ball, but blitz pickup. He really is a student of the game. and it showed today.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor. To reach Randy Covitz, call 816-234-4796 or send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @randycovitz.

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