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Chiefs’ Andy Reid not in a big hurry to rush Justin Houston back

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Kansas City Chiefs and how they deal with injuries then you’re probably preparing yourself to be patient with Justin Houston. Because that’s what the Chiefs will do with him.

Houston isn’t expected to play this weekend against the Colts. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked about this week what he needs to see out of Houston in order for him to play and his answer seemed to suggest to me that it’ll probably be longer than we think.

“I think we’ll know once we see him back in the flow, and change in direction and doing all of those things that you need to do,” Reid said via quotes from the Chiefs. “I’m not in a big hurry to do that, to put him at risk and rush him in. He wants to play and all that, but you have to be smart with that. We’ll see – we’ll just see how it goes here.”

You read that and you think this might be a while. I don’t even want to say it’s more likely to be three weeks or six weeks or anything like that because I have no idea. I just know that with Jamaal Charles the Chiefs seemed to wait longer than I thought they would. I’m preparing as if they’ll take the same attitude with Houston.

I also wonder if the Chiefs performance as a team will factor into this. If the Chiefs are playing well and winning games - as the odds will say they should do over the next few weeks - then there may be less pressure to push Houston back.

Reid took a similar approach last week when he said he didn’t play Jamaal Charles because they were running the ball well with Spencer Ware. If you don’t need to risk it, why risk it?

The flip side of that is whenever Houston does return I assume he’s going to take a little while to get back into football shape. That probably won’t all come back on day one. Lots to consider...