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Andy Reid on Tamba Hali and Justin Houston's injuries

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The Kansas City Chiefs head coach on Monday updated everyone on the injuries suffered by Tamba Hali (ankle) and Justin Houston (elbow) in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers.

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Tamba Hali: Ankle sprain

Tamba Hali has an ankle sprain.

"He did have an MRI on it," Reid said. "That's what it is, a slight ankle sprain. He'll continue to work this week. He was moving around a little bit better today than he was after the game yesterday."

Considering what some of us feared, this is good news. It could be worse (it could always be worse).

More notes on Tamba's injury:

  • It's not a high ankle sprain.
  • "He made big improvements from yesterday but we just have to see how he does," Reid said when asked about Tamba practicing this week.
  • "He was on crutches after the game and today he was able to walk in the pool," Reid said. "He came in with one crutch so we're halfway there."
  • "The MRI was a positive."

Justin Houston: Subluxed elbow

"Justin Houston subluxed his elbow," Reid said. "We weren't able to do the MRI he's got quite a bit of swelling in there and they weren't able to get him in the position to do the MRI."

So the MRI could show more.

No word on how long he could miss but Reid didn't say that this was a long-term situation, so I'm operating under the assumption this is a week-to-week deal.

The replacement

If one of these two can't go, Frank Zombo would be the one to step in.

Update from ESPN's Chris Mortensen: