Chiefs Justin Houston, Spencer Ware return after playoff bye week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs returned from their playoff bye week with a short outdoor workout Monday morning, and coach Andy Reid said everyone stood ready to go, including linebacker Justin Houston and running Spencer Ware.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware breaks free for a gain against the Denver Broncos during the teams' 33-10 at Arrowhead Stadium Dec. 25, 2016. (Photo by Mike Gunnoe/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware breaks free for a gain against the Denver Broncos during the teams’ 33-10 at Arrowhead Stadium Dec. 25, 2016. (Photo by Mike Gunnoe/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

“Everybody that was banged up is good to go now,” Reid said. “Justin and Ware, they’ll be ready to go.”

Houston missed the team’s final two games of the season with inflammation in this surgically repaired knee. Running back Spencer Ware sat out the season finale at San Diego with bruised ribs.

The Chiefs held a workout on the outdoor field at the team’s training complex. That breaks from the team’s regular-season work routine.

“I think they’re excited to get back to work and get going,” Reid said after practice. “It’s an exciting time of year.We had practice today and they did good with that. Lot of energy.”

Reid reported everyone ready to practice, but he remained less committed regarding specific availability for  Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The coach suggested a wait and see approach for Houston’s work seek.

“Just practice and see how he does,” Reid said.

Reid toed the same line regarding Justin March-Lillard. The team activated the linebacker from injured reserve before the Chargers game, but he did not play.

“We’ll see, we’ll see how that works,” Reid said about the prospects of March-Lillard returning to the starting lineup. “He’s had a couple of good weeks of practice. We’ll just see how he does.”

Reid did not specify news on any other injuries. Safety Eric Berry left the week 17 game against the Chargers with tightness in his Achilles. Reid said that was a precaution.

Receiver Jeremy Maclin also briefly left the game with a sprained ankle. The veteran wideout said last week the injury was not an issue.

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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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