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Tamba Hali has slight ankle sprain, Justin Houston dislocated elbow

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston dislocated his elbow Sunday, and it's unclear when he'll return. (USATSI)
Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston dislocated his elbow Sunday, and it's unclear when he'll return. (USATSI)

The Chiefs defense had a rough day Sunday, allowing a season-high 41 points to the Chargers and losing two of their best defenders, linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, in the process.

The duo, who have combined for 20 sacks this season, both were injured in the first half of Kansas City's loss and didn't return. But aside from that, the news Monday seemed somewhat positive regarding at least one of them.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters, via USA Today, that Hali had a slight ankle sprain and that he avoided suffering the more-serious high ankle sprain. Houston, meanwhile, has a dislocated elbow, and the swelling in his arm was so great that he couldn't get a MRI to see the extent of the damage.

"You could see it after the game," Reid said. "We tried to keep the swelling down, but it was puffing up a little bit after the game when we were in the locker room there. Overnight, it even swelled up more We'll just wait and see."

It stands to reason that Houston won't be ready to play in Week 13, and Reid said he didn't know if Hali could practice for or play vs. the Broncos next Sunday. Still, it could have been worse.

"I think [Hali], the doctors and coaches, everybody, felt better after the MRI," Reid said.

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