Dee Ford, Husain Abdullah return to full practice

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs picked the perfect time to get healthy with a playoff contest against the Houston Texans less than two days away.

Only two players are listed as not practicing Thursday: Rookie center Mitch Morse (concussion) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (thumb, knee).

But only Morse is in danger of not playing after missing a second straight day of practice while recovering from a concussion sustained in the season finale.

The Chiefs will likely turn to second-year pro Zach Fulton, who said he is ready if called upon to start.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs will continue to hold out Hali from working indoors when considering he dealt with knee swelling during the regular season.

“We were on the turf,” coach Andy Reid told reporters Thursday on why Hali didn’t practice.

Hali, a 10th-year pro, doesn’t necessarily need practice repetitions to see action. He didn’t practice the entire week leading to the season finale, but was active and saw action.

As for the other nine players on the Chiefs’ injury report, all, including outside linebacker Justin Houston (knee), put in a full practice.

Thursday marked the second straight day Houston was a full-go and he should return to the lineup barring a setback.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford (concussion) and safety Husain Abdullah (concussion, not football related) returned to a full practice after not being on the field Wednesday.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (hip) and right tackle Jah Reid (knee) practiced fully after being limited the previous day.

The Texans had movement on the injury report from Wednesday.

Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (foot) and wide receiver Nate Washington (hip) put in a limited practice after not practicing Wednesday.

Thursday’s injury report as released by the Chiefs:

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Practice report

Did not participate in practice:

Wednesday: S Husain Abdullah (concussion, not injury related), LB Dee Ford (concussion, wrist), LB Tamba Hali (thumb, knee), C Mitch Morse (concussion)
Thursday: LB Tamba Hali (thumb, knee), C Mitch Morse (concussion)
Limited participation:

Wednesday: WR Jeremy Maclin (hip), T Jah Reid (knee)

Full participation:

Wednesday: G Jeff Allen (ankle), WR Chris Conley (thumb), LB Justin Houston (knee), TE Travis Kelce (groin), RB Spencer Ware (rib)
Thursday: S Husain Abdullah (concussion, not injury related), G Jeff Allen (ankle), WR Chris Conley (thumb), LB Dee Ford (concussion, wrist), LB Justin Houston (knee), TE Travis Kelce (groin), WR Jeremy Maclin (hip), T Jah Reid (knee), RB Spencer Ware (rib)

HOUSTON TEXANS

Practice report

Did not participate in practice:

Wednesday: LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot), WR Nate Washington (hip)

Limited participation:

Wednesday: RB Alfred Blue (calf), TE Ryan Griffin (achilles), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), CB Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist), C Ben Jones (knee), P Shane Lechler (left hamstring), T Derek Newton (elbow, shoulder), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), LB John Simon (chest), DE J.J. Watt (groin, hand)
Thursday: RB Alfred Blue (calf), LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot), CB Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist), P Shane Lechler (left hamstring), T Derek Newton (elbow, shoulder), WR Nate Washington (hip), DE J.J. Watt (groin, hand)

Full participation:

Wednesday: CB A.J. Bouye (knee), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), S Quintin Demps (shoulder), CB Kareem Jackson (ankle), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), RB Chris Polk (knee), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (calf)
Thursday: CB A.J. Bouye (knee), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), S Quintin Demps (shoulder), TE Ryan Griffin (achilles), WR DeAndre Hopkins (hand), CB Kareem Jackson (ankle), C Ben Jones (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (back), RB Chris Polk (knee), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), LB John Simon (chest), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (calf)

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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