As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs ruled out linebacker Justin Houston for Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos. The team is calling his elbow injury “week-to-week” and reports indicate he could be back on the field in 2-3 weeks.
Houston’s partner in crime, Tamba Hali, is officially questionable, but is expected to play. Hali says he’ll “be 100 percent” at kickoff, meaning he will be ready to go barring a major setback in pregame.
The Chiefs also listed guard Jon Asamoah, right tackle Eric Fisher and defensive end Mike DeVito as questionable. All three were inactive last week in the loss to the San Diego Chargers and could be back on the field.
DeVito wasn’t able to practice Friday, but it wasn’t injury related. The veteran’s wife gave birth and if he can’t play Sunday it won’t have anything to do with his absence from practice.
The Broncos injury report may be longer than the Chiefs, but there isn’t much mystery. Manning and wide receiver Wes Welker are probable and will be on the field Sunday. Even running back Knowshon Moreno, on crutches after last week’s loss to the New England Patriots, is probable and should start.
Also expected to be on the field is cornerback Champ Bailey. He’s listed as probable despite only playing in just two all season and missing the last four.
Tight end Julius Thomas was unable to play against the Patriots thanks to an ankle injury, but practiced on a limited basis all week. He’s officially questionable, but should be able to line up against the Chiefs.