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Chiefs' Alex Smith, Justin Houston pop up on the injury report for Steelers week

The Kansas City Chiefs first injury report for Pittsburgh Steelers week is an interesting one.

Alex Smith landed on the list for the first time this year with a thumb injury on his throwing hand. He was a full participant in practice which is usually a good sign that he'll be playing. Meanwhile, Justin Houston also popped up on the injury report with an elbow injury. He was limited in practice so we should have a better idea of his status later this week.

The two concussed players - Jeremy Maclin and Mike DeVito - did not practice. I wouldn't be expecting them this week.

Two inside linebackers - Josh Mauga and his backup Ramik Wilson - are injured. Mauga is a full participant and appears ready to come back this week while Wilson did not practice with knee / ankle injuries.

Also of note is that the Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos has a foot injury -- and of course it's on his kicking foot. I wouldn't be concerned about this until the Chiefs bring in another kicker.

The oddest one here is Travis Kelce on the injury report with a "facial laceration".

The good news is that Dontari Poe is practicing. He was out last week with a high ankle sprain but with a limited practice on Wednesday it would appear he has a shot to play. That would be a good thing as the Chiefs shuffle the defensive line to account for the possible loss of DeVito.

The full Wednesday injury report...

Did not practice

DE Mike DeVito (concussion)

LB Tamba Hali (knee)

WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion)

LB Ramik Wilson (knee / ankle)

Limited practice

LB Justin Houston (elbow)

NT Dontari Poe (ankle)

Full practice

WR Chris Conley (knee)

TE Travis Kelce (facial laceration)

LB Josh Mauga (groin / Achilles)

K Cairo Santos (right foot)

QB Alex Smith (right thumb)

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