KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs suffered numerous injuries in Sunday’s win over the Buffalo Bills.
Three came on the offensive line with left tackle Eric Fisher (neck), left guard Jeff Allen (ankle) and rookie center Mitch Morse (concussion).
But one injury on defense silenced Arrowhead Stadium.
All-Pro outside linebacker Justin Houston went down in the first half after having his legs cut out from under him by a teammate.
“Justin Houston has a knee sprain on the same knee that he had after the Indy game or during the Indy game,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’ll just see how he does here.”
The game Reid alludes to is the wildcard playoff game against the Colts on Jan. 4, 2014.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs may have dodged a bullet because Houston’s injury appeared serious.
Houston lay on the ground face first as medical personnel scrambled to his side. He eventually got up, but had trouble putting weight on his leg.
The Chiefs medical staff took to the trainer’s table before taking him inside. Houston was observed grimacing in pain walking down the steps to the locker room area, and later declared him as out.
But the good news is Houston’s injury doesn’t appear to be a tear in the knee.
“It looks like it’s the same thing that he had before,” Reid said. “So we’ll see how he does by tomorrow, see how he feels and go from there.”
With Houston out of the lineup, the Chiefs turned to Frank Zombo, who finished the game with four tackles (three solo).
Safety Ron Parker was impressed with how Zombo filled in.
“Everybody in the building, we all trust each other,” Parker said. “When one man goes down, we rely on the next man and we all believe in him to do the job that the man in front of him did for us. Everybody just picked him up, it was like we never skipped a beat.”
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.