Houston out, Hali questionable for Chiefs

Kansas City, MO ( - The Kansas City Chiefs will definitely be without one of their outstanding pass rushers for their latest showdown against the Denver Broncos, though head coach Andy Reid is optimistic he'll have the other available for Sunday's pivotal clash between the co-AFC West leaders.

As expected, the Chiefs ruled Justin Houston out for the contest, while fellow outside linebacker Tamba Hali is listed as questionable.

Houston dislocated his right elbow during the second quarter of last week's 41-38 home loss to San Diego, an injury that is likely to sideline him for multiple weeks. Hali suffered a mild sprain to his right ankle in the game, but put in a limited practice for a second consecutive day on Friday.

The duo has combined for 20 sacks through Kansas City's first 11 games, with Houston having recorded 11 and Hali nine.

Two offensive line starters, right guard Jon Asamoah and right tackle Eric Fisher, were also declared questionable due to shoulder injuries, but both were able to practice on a limited basis during the week.

"They all practiced [Thursday] and moved around great," said Reid of Hali, Asamoah and Fisher. "We'll just see how they do here today and then tomorrow."

Defensive end Mike DeVito, who sat out the San Diego game with a sprained knee, is uncertain to return for Sunday's tilt.