Justin Houston could miss 2016 season after ACL repair
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee back in November, but it turns out the injury was much more serious than that.
The Chiefs revealed on Tuesday, via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, that Houston underwent ACL surgery last month. The star pass rusher was having a knee scope when world renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews determined that his ACL was not functioning properly, though not torn.
Houston had surgery on Feb. 16 and was given a recovery timeline of 6-12 months. That means he could return as soon as August or miss the entire 2016 season.
“We’re hoping, just because of his work ethic and he’s been a fast healer in the past, we’re hoping that’s not the case, that he’ll be able to play this season,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “When and where that is, it’s just too early to tell.”
Houston recorded 7.5 sacks last season after tallying a whopping 22 in 2014. It goes without saying that losing him for any amount of time would be a major blow for the Chiefs.
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