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December 31, 2019 10:36 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Tallies sack and forced fumble
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Houston will finish the 2019 campaign with 11 sacks, his highest total since a 22-sack season with the Chiefs in 2014. The veteran edge rusher is under contract with the Colts for one more season, after which he will become a free agent if his contract is not extended.

November 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Sack streak comes to an end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded five tackles (four solo) during Thursday's 20-17 loss to the Texans.

Houston recorded a season-high tackle mark during Thursday's loss, but he wasn't able to bring down quarterback Deshaun Watson after having notched a sack in each of the prior six games. The 30-year-old has been a sack-dependent IDP asset for much of the season, but he performed admirably as a run stopper Week 12.

November 17, 2019 04:32 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Extends sacks streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded a sack in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Jaguars.

Houston now has a sack in six straight games, and he has eight total this year. The 30-year-old defensive end is on track for his first double-digit season in the category since 2014, but he's still a sack-dependant IDP asset, as he averages just 2.8 tackles per contest.

November 12, 2019 10:52 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Sack streak hits five
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded three tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

The veteran extended his sack streak to five games, getting to Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, and has six sacks in that span. Houston continues to lead all defensive ends in snaps this season, establishing himself as a viable defensive commodity in IDP formats. He'll look to extend his streak to six when he and the Colts defense take on Jacksonville for Week 11.

November 5, 2019 12:32 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Sack streak continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded three tackles (two solo), one sack, and one forced fumble (which he recovered) during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Steelers.

Houston has now successfully brought down opposing quarterbacks in four straight contests. The veteran defensive end has six sacks through eight games, and he'll look to keep his momentum up with a favorable matchup against the Dolphins on deck Week 10.

November 4, 2019 09:12 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Suiting up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston (calf) will play in Sunday's matchup against Pittsburgh.

Houston came into the clash with a questionable tag after he was a non-participant in Friday's practice but, as evidenced by this news, has shaken off the issue. Now that he's officially active, expect the veteran to assume his starting role at defensive end for Week 9.

November 1, 2019 05:16 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Nursing calf injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Houston was limited in Thursday's practice, and he wasn't able to participate in any capacity Friday. His chances of suiting up versus Pittsburgh on Sunday could come down to how well he performs during pre-game warmups. Ben Banogu would likely benefit with increased snaps if Houston were forced to miss any time.

October 29, 2019 03:12 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Records three stops, sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston produced three solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 15-13 win over the Broncos.

Houston now has a sack in three straight games, and he paces the Colts with five total this year. His pass-rushing skills can't overcome his lack of tackles, however, as he's averaging just three stops per game. That leaves his IDP value low going forward.

October 22, 2019 12:52 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Two-sack Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded three tackles and two sacks across 53 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Texans.

Houston continues to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks, as he now has three sacks over the past two games. The veteran defensive end is showing no signs of slowing down in his first season with the Colts, as he has played in over 75 percent of the team's defensive snaps this season.

October 20, 2019 11:48 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Ready to go Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston (calf) is active for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Texans.

The veteran pass rusher was trending in the right direction as the week came to a close, and this confirms he'll be ready to help contain Deshaun Watson and company in Sunday's AFC South showdown. Houston has 15 tackles (10 solo), two sacks and a fumble recovery through his first five games in an Indianapolis uniform.

October 20, 2019 10:32 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Likely playing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston (calf) is expected to play Sunday against the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Houston's status appeared up in the air after being added to the injury report Thursday, but it looks as though he'll play through the questionable tag. The veteran defensive end had 15 tackles (10 solo) and two sacks through five games.

October 18, 2019 06:16 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Questionable in Week 7
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston (calf) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans.

The veteran defensive end was added to Thursday's injury report as a non-participant with the calf issue and also sat out Friday's practice. Al-Quadin Muhammad and Ben Banogu would see increased reps at defensive end should Houston be unable to play.

October 17, 2019 04:12 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Not practicing Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston did not practice Thursday due to a calf injury.

Houston wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, so his calf issue appears to have been sustained mid-week. His status for Sunday's tilt against the Texans could come down to what he's able to do in Friday's practice.

October 8, 2019 08:56 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Notches sack in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded four tackles (three solo) and one sack during Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Houston performed well against his former team, managing to log his second sack of the season. The 30-year-old veteran will now benefit from a bye week to rest up, after which the Colts will face off against the Texans in Week 7.

September 9, 2019 06:44 PM
Colts' Justin Houston: Records sack in Colts debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston recorded four total tackles and a sack over 51 defensive snaps in Sunday's season-opening loss to the Chargers.

Houston was on the field for 80 percent of the defense's snaps. The 30-year-old is making the switch to defensive end from outside linebacker, although he's used to rushing the quarterback in previous 3-4 systems. Houston recorded 78.5 sacks over eight seasons with Kansas City in such a role, and he seems poised for at least a similar level of production in his new gig in Indianapolis, where he'll be rushing the passer on every play.

March 23, 2019 02:28 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Ready to play defensive end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston will play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme under Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Joel Erickson and Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Houston has spent his entire career playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense for Kansas City, piling up 78.5 sacks in 102 games despite handling some coverage responsibilities. He said his job should be easier in a scheme that allows him to attack the quarterback on every pass play, and he already has plenty of experience lining up with his hand on the ground in nickel and dime packages. Coming off a 2018 campaign with nine sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 regular-season games (719 snaps), the 30-year-old pass rusher should provide a massive upgrade for the Indianapolis front seven, likely serving as the starter at right defensive end. Houston is signing a two-year, $24 million contract.

March 23, 2019 02:28 AM
Colts' Justin Houston: Signing with Indianapolis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Houston agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Colts on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Colts haven't made many high-profile free-agent splashes under GM Chris Ballard, but it appears they've reeled in a quality piece to their pass-rush rotation. The 30-year-old Houston has racked up 78.5 sacks in only 102 career games -- including nine sacks in 12 contests last season -- and should team up with 2018 first-team All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard to form one of the more imposing edge tandems league-wide in Indianapolis.

March 11, 2019 10:16 AM
Justin Houston: Axed by Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs released Houston on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

A third-round selection of the Chiefs in 2011, Houston exceeded expectations and then some, exploding for 43 sacks from 2012 through 2014 and posting at least 7.5 sacks in six of eight campaigns. The 6-foot-3, 258-pounder also impacted the game beyond his prowess as a pass rusher. In 102 regular-season contests, he tacked on 14 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, four interceptions (on 32 passes defended) and two defensive touchdowns. With his pick of the litter among NFL organizations, Houston should bolster whatever defense he joins as a free agent.

March 1, 2019 08:36 PM
Chiefs' Justin Houston: Available for trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs have made Houston available for trade, Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star reports.

General manager Brett Veach said at the combine "there's a lot of dialogue" in the trade conversations for Houston. The news isn't overly surprising, as the veteran defensive end is due $15.25 million and will count $21.1 million against the salary cap in 2019. Those salary figures -- and his refusal to restructure -- make a trade difficult, so the team may have to decide whether to cut him to save costs.

February 1, 2019 02:44 PM
Chiefs' Justin Houston: May be cut eventually
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs can save $14 million in 2019 cap space by cutting Houston this offseason, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

The 30-year-old pass rusher signed a six-year, $101 million contract in July 2015 when he was coming off a 22-sack campaign, but he's played just 43 games (with 30 sacks) in four subsequent seasons. He did have nine sacks and five forced fumbles in just 12 games this past year, perhaps making a case to get in one more season under the massive contract. There's still a decent chance the Chiefs approach him about a pay cut, especially with fellow outside linebacker Dee Ford -- who had 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2018 -- headed for a sizable contract of his own.

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