Chiefs’ Justin Houston inactive against Raiders, Tamba Hali active

Jan. 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO; General pregame view of Arrowhead Stadium.
Jan. 3, 2015; Kansas City, MO; General pregame view of Arrowhead Stadium.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston will not play against the Oakland Raiders.

Houston, who suffered a hyperextended knee in Week 12, returned to a limited practice on Friday, but will miss a fifth straight game.

Second-year pro Dee Ford will continue to start in Houston’s place.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs will have outside linebacker Tamba Hali in the lineup. Hali, who did not play in Week 16 after undergoing surgery on his right thumb, is active.

The Chiefs could also work in Frank Zombo, who starting in place of Houston last week, in a rotation at outside linebacker.

Safety Husain Abdullah is inactive and will miss a fifth straight game, the four previous coming while recovering a concussion. Abdullah’s absence against the Raiders could be personal, however. Abdullah tweeted Saturday night the passing of his father and services were scheduled for Sunday.

The remaining inactives are quarterback Aaron Murray, right tackle Jah Reid, defensive lineman David King and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

Reid did not practice the past week while dealing with knee inflammation. Donald Stephenson will start in Reid’s place.


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