Dee Ford Injury: Updates on Chiefs LB's Concussion and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford suffered a concussion in Week 17 against the Oakland Raiders, but he is ready to make his return.

Continue for updates.

Ford Active vs. Texans

Saturday, Jan. 9

BJ Kissel of reported Ford is active for Saturday's game. 

Ford Important to Chiefs' Depth

On its own, losing Ford wouldn't be a significant blow for Kansas City. In 14 games, the second-year linebacker has 23 combined tackles and four sacks. Pro Football Focus considers him the 100th-best edge-rusher in the league.

But the Chiefs defense is banged up following the conclusion of the regular season. Both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali were listed on the team's injury report in Week 17, with the former dealing with a knee injury and the latter suffering from separate issues with his thumb and knee.

Hali played a few snaps against the Raiders, so he's likely to be available when Saturday rolls around. Houston, on the other hand, is considered day-to-day, per NFL Network's Albert Breer.

If either Hali or Houston is forced to sit out for any stretch of Kansas City's playoff clash, Ford will have to assume a larger role in the defense. Should Ford be less than 100 percent, though, head coach Andy Reid would have to look even further down the depth chart—not an ideal situation in such a critical game.