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Update on Tamba Hali ankle sprain and Justin Houston elbow injury


Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) is assisted off the field after an injury timeout during the first half of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

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