The Kansas City Chiefs were devastated today after their 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers, but the bigger loss may have come early in the game depending on how long they would play without their two Pro Bowl pass rushers, outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The two left the game with injuries in the first-half, as Hali left with an ankle injury and Houston departed with a subluxed elbow injury. Without them in next Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos and beyond, the Chiefs don’t have much hope in being anything more than a one-and-done playoff team in this year’s postseason.
Initially, it sounds like Hali won’t miss significant time, as it’s believed his ankle injury is not a high-ankle sprain:
More on the Chiefs: Initial prognosis for Tamba Hali is a mid inside ankle sprain, not the dreaded high one. Like Houston, MRI the key.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 25, 2013
As for Houston, his elbow was popped out of place, but was popped back in and x-rays after the game showed no further damage. An MRI will determine any further damage and if he’ll miss significant time. Houston entered Sunday’s game with 11 sacks. Hali has nine.
Hali entered the day with nine sacks and needed two more sacks to pass Art Still (73) for the third most in franchise history. It looks initially like the best-case scenario will be both players listed as questionable this week against the Broncos.