The Kansas City Chiefs had a lot to be thankful for Thursday, but nothing more than the improved health of linebacker Tamba Hali.
After leaving last week’s loss to the San Diego Chargers with a sprained ankle, Hali returned to practice Thursday a day after sitting out. The veteran plans to play against the Denver Broncos, but until a player shows the coaches he can get on the field and move around you can never assume he will suit up Sunday.
Still missing from practice, however, is Hali’s partner in crime, Justin Houston. Not long after Hali went down against the Chargers, Houston dislocated his elbow and was unable to return. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Chiefs officially rule him out with the final injury designations Friday.
It looks like the Chiefs could get their offensive line back to full strength this weekend. Starting right tackle Eric Fisher and guard Jon Asamoah both missed the game against the Chargers, but were able to participate — on a limited basis — for the second straight day. Though their replacements — Donald Stephenson, Geoff Schwartz — held their own last weekend, it will be huge for the depth on game day to get the starters back up and running.
The Broncos injury report has four more players than the Chiefs, but the most important players will be playing Sunday without any issues. QB Peyton Manning and WR Wes Welker were both full participants and are not expected to have any limitations when they make it to Arrowhead.
Even RB Knowshon Moreno, who had to leave the locker room last weekend on crutches and missed practice Wednesday, was able to participate on a limited basis Thursday. Though the Broncos aren’t sure yet if the running back will play, they are planning on having TE Julius Thomas and CB Champ Bailey in uniform.
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