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Tamba Hali active, Justin Houston is not for Chiefs vs. Raiders

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali’s right hand shows scars from surgery before Sunday’s game against the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali’s right hand shows scars from surgery before Sunday’s game against the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. deulitt@kcstar.com

Linebacker Tamba Hali, who broke his thumb in a game two weeks ago, is active for the Chiefs for Sunday’s home game against the Raiders.

Hali broke his thumb sometime during the game against the Ravens but finished the game. The break was discovered when the team returned to Kansas City, and Hali had surgery two days later.

Linebacker Justin Houston will finish the regular season in the inactive list and miss his fifth straight game. Houston suffered a hyperextended in the Nov. 29 game against the Bills.

Houston returned to practice on Friday and wore a brace on his left knee. It appears the Chiefs are giving him a week off and he’ll be ready to participate in the playoff game next weekend.

Safety Husain Abdullah is inactive for the fifth straight game. Also inactive are offensive lineman Jah Reid, quarterback Aaron Murray and defensive lineman David King and Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

The Chiefs did not replace wide receiver and punt return specialist De’Anthony Thomas on the roster.

Thomas was placed on the reserve/non-football injury or illness list on Thursday. Per NFL rules, players placed on the reserve/NFI list cannot return to action for the duration of the season, including the playoffs.

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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