Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) celebrates with the fans after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report: Dexter McCluster Expected Back for Final Two Games

Day-by-day the Chiefs are getting a little bit healthier.

All nine of the players listed on the Chiefs injury report participated in practice on some level. Anthony Fasano, Eric Fisher, James-Michael Johnson, Nico Johnson, Sean McGrath, and Ron Parker were all full participants in practice Thursday. This is great news for the Chiefs offense, who are now likely to get back their starting tight end and will have a healthy offensive line heading into Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.

Dexter McCluster is also expected back for Sunday’s game. He missed last week with a foot infection, but has participated in practice on a limited basis the last two days. Chad Hall and A.J. Jenkins filled McCluster’s role on special teams and offense while he was away, but McCluster is anticipate to regain both of those roles when he returns. McCluster is third on the team in targets and has two punt returns for touchdowns this season.

The biggest missing piece of the Chiefs puzzle, Justin Houston, is getting closer to a return as well.

Via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star:

Houston lined up with the starters during positional drills in practice on Thursday. He was first in line to hit the blocking sled, which was an indication Houston has confidence in his right elbow that was dislocated against San Diego on Nov. 24.

All Houston needs is a green light from the team doctors and coach Andy Reid to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs listed Houston’s participation in practice on Thursday as “limited.”

Houston has 11 sacks this season and the Chiefs pass rush hasn’t been the same without him. Teams have also been more willing to attempt downfield passes with both Tamba Hali and Houston not on the field at the same time. This has led to Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith getting exposed a little in man coverage. When Houston returns then potentially the pass rush returns with him. In which case deeper passes will be a little less accurate and more easily defended by Smith and Cooper.

Branden Albert was listed as “limited” Thursday.

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