Chiefs’ Justin Houston sits out practice with knee inflammation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston sat out practice with the team Wednesday, with swelling on his left knee where Houston had offseason surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston made his 2016 season debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 20, 2016. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston made his 2016 season debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 20, 2016. (Photo courtesy Chiefs PR, Chiefs.com)

Coach Andy Reid said the team just wants to back off on work for Houston. He called the problem common for players recovering from injuries similar to the All Pro linebacker’s

“He’s got some swelling on his knee,” Reid said. “We’ll get that taken care of. We don’t think it’s big thing. This kind of comes with the territory of where he’s at in the whole recovery part of this.”

Cornerback Phillip Gaines, also returning from a torn ACL last season, continues to battle swelling in his knee. Gaines also sat out practice after being inactive for Sunday’s loss against the Tennessee Titans.

Linebacker Tamba Hali sat out Wednesday’s practice as part of his regular work schedule.

The Denver Broncos provided an extra day of rest for a number of veteran players Wednesday. The team also has three players in the league’s concussion protocol with safety T.J. Ward joining tight ends A.J. Derby and Virgil Green.

DENVER BRONCOS

Practice report

Did not participate in practice: LB Brandon Marshall (hamstring), TE A.J. Derby (concussion), TE Virgil Green (concussion), S T.J. Ward (concussion), DE Derek Wolfe (neck), C Matt Paradis (hip), T Russell Okung (not injury related), CB Chris Harris Jr. (not injury related), CB Aqib Talib (not injury related), S Darian Stewart (not injury related), LB Von Miller (not injury related) and WR Demaryius Thomas (not injury related) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (not injury related).
Limited participation: DE Jared Crick (rib cage) and LB DeMarcus Ware (neck)
Full participation: LB Todd Davis (rib cage), WR Bennie Fowler (knee) and QB Trevor Simien (foot/hip)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Practice report

Did not participate in practice: LB Justin Houston (knee), LB Tamba Hali (knee) and CB Phillip Gaines (knee)
Limited participation: TE Demetrius Harris (foot) and DL Kendall Reyes (wrist)

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Matt Derrick is the lead beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and the Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @MattDerrick.

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