Tamba Hali Active vs. Colts

The Kansas City Chiefs kick off the NFL playoffs Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. They’ve announced their seven inactive players for the game and there aren’t any surprises on the list.

Inactive:

QB Tyler Bray, OT Eric Fisher, TE Richard Gordon, C Eric Kush, LB Dezman Moses, DT Jerrell Powe, OL Rokevious Watkins

The Chiefs already ruled out Fisher earlier in the week, so his absence was expected. Donald Stephenson will start in his place and otherwise the starting lineup is complete on both sides of the ball.

Unlike the first time these two teams met, the Kansas City pass rush will have both Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Hali started that game, but left with the knee injury that kept him out of practice this week. Houston didn’t play against the Colts at all and will be seeing his first action since dislocating his elbow against the San Diego Chargers in Week 12.

When the Colts beat the Chiefs 23-7, they were only able to sack Andrew Luck once. Having Hali and Houston getting after the quarterback all day should help slow the Indianapolis offense.

The Chiefs will also get starting left tackle Branden Albert back in the lineup. He’s missed a month with a knee injury and will have his hands full trying to protect Alex Smith against a fantastic Colts pass rush.

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