Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Branden Albert (76) is carted off the field after an injury during the second half of the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Six Kansas City Chiefs Miss Practice; Justin Houston Shooting For Return This Week


Six Chiefs missed at least part of practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game in Washington. Four missed all of practice.

Branden Albert (knee), Anthony Fasano (concussion), Dexter McCluster (non-injury related) and Justin Houston (elbow) all missed practice Wednesday. McCluster was not at practice due to the birth of his daughter, so he should be fine for Sunday. (Also: Congrats, Dexter!)

Great news came in the form of a statement from Andy Reid who said Houston is shooting for a return from a subluxation of his right elbow. There wasn’t much elaboration to that from Reid, but the chance he could be back sooner than later is good to hear. Kansas City needs the pressure he provides opposite of Hali in order for their defensive scheme to work.

Albert hyperextended his knee in Sunday’s loss to Denver and is considered day-to-day by Reid. There is some reason to believe he will be fine to play at Washington. If not, Donald Stephenson will start at left tackle with Eric Fisher holding down the right side.

Fasano finds himself under the watchful eye of the NFL’s concussion protocol, so trying to make a judgement on when he will be back is not as easy to pin down. It should be noted that Fasano is also dealing with a knee injury, so the rest isn’t an entirely bad thing for him. Should Fasano not be able to play Sean McGrath will start in his place.

Two other Chiefs – Mike DeVito (knee) and Kendrick Lewis (knee) – were limited in practice. Both continued to play through their injuries last Sunday against Denver.

Washington had seven players who missed at least part of practice yesterday. Safety Brandon Meriweather (chest), tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) and tackle Trent Williams (foot) were among the major names who missed all of practice. Defensive back DeAngelo Hall and linebacker London Fletcher were limited.

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