The PCL injury to Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston has reportedly been confirmed by an MRI. This comes not from the team but from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who initially reported the PCL sprain.
In non-MNF news, an MRI confirmed that #Chiefs OLB Justin Houston has a sprained PCL, source said. He's week-to-week, could miss some time.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2015
If the alternative was a season-ending injury then the Chiefs dodged a bullet here. It's not clear exactly long Houston will be out but a former NFL team doctor speculated 1-4 weeks, which is a large window. Andy Reid, who wasn't trying to say much on Houston's injury, more or less confirmed the PCL part of this earlier on Monday. He said that this injury was similar to the one Houston suffered in the Colts playoff game in 2014 and that that injury was a PCL, too. I'm not expecting any sort of official word from Reid, who will speak to the media on Wednesday, other than his usual "We'll see".
The Chiefs worked out a pair of outside linebackers recently but they probably have the personnel to handle a short-term Houston loss with Frank Zombo and Dezman Moses playing with Tamba Hali, who is playing really well during this five-game winning streak. A longer Houston absence would be a big problem because the defense is the Chiefs identity and Houston is the best player on defense.