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Justin Houston leaves Chiefs game because of knee injury

Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) left Sunday’s game in the first quarter after twisting his left leg.
Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) left Sunday’s game in the first quarter after twisting his left leg. deulitt@kcstar.com

Justin Houston left the Chiefs' game against Buffalo in the first quarter Sunday because of a knee injury and did not return.

“Houston has a knee sprain on the same knee he had after the Indy game, or during the Indy game,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the Chiefs' 30-22 victory over Buffalo. Reid was referring to the Chiefs’ 45-44 wild-card playoff loss to the Colts in January 2014.

Houston was injured when he appeared to be accidentally leg-whipped by safety Ron Parker.

With Dee Ford out because of a lingering back injury, Frank Zombo entered the game in Houston's place. Zombo, a special-teams ace, entered the game with two tackles and no sacks and finished the game with four tackles.

Entering the game, Houston led the Chiefs in sacks with 7 1/2.

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