The Kansas City Chiefs have gone through the last several weeks without the services of former Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Houston due to a nagging hamstring injury.
However, it appears that Houston will be back in the fold for Week 10 action against the Arizona Cardinals, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Expect Justin Houston to play for the Chiefs on Sunday for the first time in a month. He was lined up with the starters during the early portion of practice that I was allowed to watch.
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) November 8, 2018
Justin Houston has been out of the mix since Week 5 action against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to the lingering effects of the injury. In the five games that he has played, he has 11 total tackles with 3.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He has been a highly dependable asset along their front seven throughout his career that had seen him get off to solid start recording 3.0 sacks in the first five games played. In fact, Houston is currently sitting fourth all-time in Chiefs history with 72.5 sacks that have spoken to his high level of play and consistency on the field in first eight seasons in the NFL.
The 29-year-old’s return to the lineup gives the Chiefs back one of their primary pass rushers as it’s an area that the team hasn’t had much consistent play outside of defensive end Dee Ford, who is currently tied for sixth in the league with 8.0 sacks on the year. Houston is a game-changing talent that paired next to Ford could see them form a formidable duo that could anchor their defensive line over the rest of the season.
This could be huge as Kansas City has struggled defensively ranking 20th with 25.1 points allowed 32nd overall and against the pass along with being 26th against the run. If the Chiefs hope to compete for a Super Bowl, it will require them to step it up defensively behind their explosive offense. Houston has a chance to be a major part in improving that effort on that side of the ball.