DT Poe, LB Houston among Chiefs questionable for Atlanta

The Kansas City Chiefs prepared for the team’s upcoming game at Atlanta during practice at the team’s training complex on Dec. 2, 2016. (Photo by Matt Derrick, ChiefsDigest.com)


— The Chiefs injury picture still holds more questions than answers, but one clear fact stands that the team appears on the mend following a series of injuries to key players.

Only defensive tackle Dontari Poe and linebacker Tamba Hali sat out practice Friday in final preparations for Sunday’s game at the Atlanta Falcons. Poe continues battling back spasms while Hali took a scheduled day of rest.

But coach Andy Reid did not rule out the possibility Poe could play Sunday. The team listed him questionable on the Friday injury report.

Linebacker Justin Houston returned in a limited role after sitting out practice Thursday.

“Justin Houston did partial,” Reid said. “He was out here and moved around a little bit.”

Houston also appears questionable for Sunday’s game, along with linebacker Dee Ford, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and defensive lineman Kendall Reyes.

The Atlanta Falcons will be without pass rusher Adrian Clayborn, who underwent knee surgery earlier this week. Linebacker Paul Worrilow did not practice Friday due to an illness.


OUT: DE Adrian Clayborn

Practice report

Did not participate in practice: DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) and LB Paul Worrilow (illness)
Limited participation: None
Full participation: DE Dwight Freeney (not injury related) and P Matt Bosher (right hamstring)


QUESTIONABLE: DT Dontari Poe, LB Justin Houston, LB Dee Ford, WR Jeremy Maclin and DL Kendall Reyes

Practice report

Did not participate in practice: DT Dontari Poe (knee) and LB Tamba Hali (knee)
Limited participation: LB Justin Houston (shoulder), LB Dee Ford (hamstring), WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) and DL Kendall Reyes (knee)
Full participation: Steven Nelson (neck), T Mitchell Schwartz (ankle) and WR Chris Conley (Achilles)


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