Thursday injury report: week 16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs injury report remained quiet Thursday, but the name Justin Houston continued looming large among the two names listed not practicing.

img_3336-editHouston sit out practice for the second-straight day after coach Andy Reid said the team planned to back off on the veteran due to inflammation on his surgically repaired left knee. Reid called the issue commonplace and did not regard the swelling as a long-term problem for the linebacker.

Justin March-Lillard returned to practice this week, but the team does not yet list him on the practice report because he has yet to be activated to the 53-man roster.

The team designated the linebacker to return from injured reserve Wednesday. That provides up to two weeks of practice time before March-Lillard must be added to the roster.

Cornerback Phillip Gaines also remained out of practice. He continues to battle inflammation following his knee surgery similar to Houston.

Linebacker Tamba Hali participated in practice after a rest day on Wednesday.

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) and C Matt Paradis (hip),
Limited participation: DE Jared Crick (rib cage) and LB DeMarcus Ware (neck)
Full participation: LB Todd Davis (rib cage), WR Bennie Fowler (knee), QB Trevor Simien (foot/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), WR Demaryius Thomas (not injury related, WR Emmanuel Sanders (not injury related) and WR Cody Latimer (shoulder)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Practice report

Did not participate in practice: LB Justin Houston (knee)  and CB Phillip Gaines (knee)
Limited participation: LB Tamba Hali (knee), 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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