Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Monday everybody who has been “banged up” is “good to go” this week, according to Adam Teicher for ESPN.com. That means Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston and running back Spencer Ware should be expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
The Chiefs are demonstrating the value of the all-important postseason bye, as it has allowed two key contributors to get healthy in time for a game against a Steelers squad that is peaking at exactly the right time.
Houston has appeared in only five games for the Chiefs this season, though he’s dominated when he’s been on the field, racking up 4.0 sacks. He has had four weeks to recover from a lingering knee injury. Ware started 14 games for Kansas City, accumulating 1,368 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns, but was held out of action in Week 17 because of his ribs.
Obviously, it’s great news for the Chiefs, especially considering what happened the last time they played Pittsburgh. In Week 4, the Steelers enjoyed a 43-14 romp at Heinz Field.
Among the many differences, this meeting will be at Arrowhead Stadium, and Houston — a true difference maker — will be in uniform. This time around, the game between the Chiefs and Steelers has the potential to become a slugfest.