Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston had ACL surgery, could miss season

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston had surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in February and could miss the season. It could take him six to 12 months to recover. "We're hoping just because of his work ethic and he's been a fast healer in the past that's not the case and that he'll be able to play this season,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "It's too early to be able to tell on that.'' Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks in2014. Last season, he missed the final five games of the season. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in early February. "When Dr. Andrews took a look inside his knee, he determined his ACL was intact,'' trainer Rick Burkholder said. "It just wasn't functioning. He didn't do anything at that moment, brought him out of surgery. We all got on the phone, discussed everything and decided to have his ACL fixed.'' "Right now he's in the middle of the process of total rehabilitation for an ACL injury,'' Burkholder said. "It was a little bit tricky because his ACL wasn't torn but it wasn't functioning the way it should. So Dr. Andrews fixed that.'' Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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