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Chiefs reverse field on Justin Houston, ruling LB out for Sunday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs said linebacker Justin Houston won't play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, reversing themselves after indicating Houston would make his season debut this week.

Houston was listed as out for Sunday's game on the Chiefs' final injury report of the week.

Coach Andy Reid indicated Houston, who had surgery in February to repair a balky left ACL, didn't have a setback, but the Chiefs just decided to give him one more week of rest.

"He had a very good week,'' Reid said. "He looked good.''

Without Houston, their leader in sacks in each of the past four seasons, the Chiefs will use Dee Ford, Tamba Hali and Frank Zombo at outside linebacker. Ford is among the league leaders with nine sacks, including 5.5 in the past two games.

"If he's there, he's there,'' Ford said of Houston. "If he's not, he's not.

"We're going to keep surging. We're going to keep making plays (and) playing like an elite defense."