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Chiefs trainer on Justin Houston's injury: 'Truly week-to-week'

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The latest update on the elbow injury suffered by Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston, which will keep him out vs. the Denver Broncos.

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We already know the Kansas City Chiefs will be without Justin Houston when the play the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. But for how much longer will they be missing Houston?

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder spoke to the media on Friday to explain where they're at with Houston's injury. Not all teams have the trainer come out and speak to the media so I'm glad the Chiefs do this.

Here's what Burkholder said on Friday about Houston:

"With Justin (Houston) you know that last Sunday he dislocated his elbow and it reduced itself back on the field and then when we got him Monday morning he was very swollen," Burkholder said, via the Chiefs. "We weren't able to do a MRI until Wednesday because of the swelling; we couldn't get him in a good position to do the MRI.

"He has some ligament damage in his elbow and some muscle damage in his elbow, which is normal for a dislocation."

"The MRI reveals what we thought it would reveal; he has some ligament damage in his elbow and some muscle damage in his elbow, which is normal for a dislocation," Burkholder continued. "He's going through the process right now. We're just trying to get his range of motion (better) and trying to get his swelling down. He's in a brace. He's truly week-to-week. He won't play this weekend and we'll take this weekend to treat him and rehab him. Then Monday we will regroup as a staff and see where he's at."

An NFL.com report pegged the injury at 2-3 weeks. Other NFL players who have dislocated their elbow missed a similar amount of time.

Following the Broncos game on Sunday, the Chiefs play the Redskins in Washington and the Raiders in Oakland.