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Chiefs Officially Activate OLB Justin Houston From PUP List

Update:

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Chiefs officially activated OLB Justin Houston from the reserve/PUP list on Wednesday.

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Greg Barnett, the agent for Chiefs OLB Justin Houston, announced that his client will officially be activated from the PUP list after Wednesday’s practices.

Ed Werder reported yesterday that the Chiefs plan to determine Houston’s role based on how things go throughout the week.

Kansas City placed on the PUP list coming out of the preseason, which cost him at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Some had mentioned that Houston may not return until the playoffs.

Houston underwent an offseason knee scope, which revealed an issue with his ACL. He was given a timetable of 6-10 months before he would be able to return.

Houston, 27, was in the second year of his six-year, $101 million contract that included $52.5 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $14.9 million for the 2016 season when the Chiefs reworked his contract in a move that freed up $6 million of cap space.

Kansas City accomplished this by turning $7.5 million of Houston’s $14.9 million base salary into a signing bonus.

In 2015, Houston appeared in 11 games for the Chiefs and recorded 30 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and six pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 edge defender out of 110 qualifying players.