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Second opinion confirms Chiefs’ Justin Houston has hyperextended knee

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during a game in September.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston sacked Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during a game in September. deulitt@kcstar.com

Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder on Thursday said outside linebacker Justin Houston visited noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on his knee. The Chiefs supported the decision.

“That’s not unusual for any player in the National Football League, including some of our players here with the Chiefs,” Burkholder said. “We, and most of the teams and trainers in the National Football League, are fine with second opinions. We have had a lot of players treated by Dr. Andrews so we are very comfortable with him going down there and we supported the idea of him going down there. They have some excellent athletic trainers and physical therapists down there as well, so his group is just taking a look at Justin, making sure we’re all on the same page.”

Andrews confirmed the Chiefs’ diagnosis of a hyperextended knee.

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“As I said before, it’s a hyperextended knee,” Burkholder said. “He’s getting better now that his swelling is down and his motion is back.”

Houston has missed the Chiefs’ last two games after sustaining a hyperextended knee in a 30-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 29 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Burkholder said in the days following the game that Houston is considered “day-to-day,” but Houston has not practiced since. The Chiefs have not set a timetable on his return, but Burkholder said the visit to Andrews shouldn’t be considered a bad sign.

“He’ll be back up here in a couple days and we’ll continue his rehab process,” Burkholder said. “I don’t want anybody to be alarmed that he went to Dr. Andrews. We knew it, we supported it, we backed it, he’s good with it. I’ve talked to both him and the crew down there and we’re all headed forward with this thing and hope to get him back on the field real soon.”

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Injury report

Safety Husain Abdullah, receiver De’Anthony Thomas (concussion) and running back Spencer Ware (ribs) missed practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Defensive end Mike DeVito (concussion/shoulder) did not play in the Chiefs’ 10-3 win over the Chargers on Sunday but was a full practice participant for the second straight day.

Offensive lineman Jeff Allen (ankle) also did not play Sunday. He was limited Thursday after being a full participant on Wednesday.

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