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Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, Donnie Avery, Justin Houston expected to play vs. Raiders

The KC Chiefs expect to have several of their key players who are injured available for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.


The Kansas City Chiefs have been dealing with injuries every week and so far, at 5-0, they've been doing a great job of managing all of them. The Chiefs depth has allowed them to continue to compete despite missing key players just about every week.

This week we're starting to get some good news on the injury front for the Chiefs.

Click that link for all the details on those players from Terez.

Avery playing is the news-y part of this. He had a shoulder injury last week that has sidelined him and he hadn't been practicing. We were just guessing on whether he'd be available this weekend. But it looks like he will be so this is great news. At some point someone is going to challenge those underneath routes a lot more aggressively and Avery has to be there to capitalize.

As for Charles...

Several Chiefs on Wednesday were asked about Jamaal Charles' blisters because they apparently look really bad. Alex Smith had a remedy for his blisters but he said the ones he might get weren't anything compared to Charles. The good news is that, as expected, Charles is going to play. We figured he'd be in there anyway.

Justin Houston practicing is the best news here. He was hit in the neck area last weekend and Andy Reid held him out for the first few days this week. Reid kept saying they were just being precautionary but I really had no idea what was up with Houston so it's important to see he's practicing. I feel better about him playing on Sunday.

You can see the Raiders injury report here.

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