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Justin Houston's injury is a knee sprain, Chiefs announce

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters after their win over the Buffalo Bills that the injury suffered to Justin Houston is a knee sprain. I am taking this as good news considering Houston, who left in the first half and didn't return, had his knee bent the wrong way.

The KC Star has the best photo of his injury. Check out the knee, how it looks hyperextended:

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora indicated an MRI was coming as does PFT's Mike Florio.

A sprain seems like more like a week-to-week sort of injury rather than the alternatives (like an ACL). Houston is in great shape so i suspect he should be OK. The Chiefs have given themselves the slightest bit of breathing room in the AFC playoff picture but they still obviously need their best defensive player.

Credit the rest of the Chiefs defense for stepping up in Houston's absence. They got down 10-0 to the Bills but forced two turnovers en route to a 30-22 victory.