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The Chiefs are using their franchise tag to keep OLB Dee Ford from reaching free agency. Reports have also surfaced that the team is trying to trade OLB Justin Houston. Ford enjoyed a breakthrough 2018, with 55 total tackles and 13 sacks -- both career highs. He also led all edge players with 78 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Houston has reached 9 sacks each of the past 2 years but has also lost 4+ games to injury in 3 of the past 4 seasons. At 30, Houston's likely on the downside of his career. We'll see where this offseason takes him. He's worth holding in dynasty leagues that weigh sacks/pressures decently. You're not likely to find much trade value in him, and Houston has continued to flash high weekly upside when healthy.

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Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens (rib), OLB Justin Houston and S Daniel Sorensen (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Hitchens entered last week's game with the rib issue and left early but returned. He should be ready for the game. Houston and Sorensen are expected to return for limited playing time, according to The Kansas City Star. Houston missed the past 4 games but returned to practice last week. Sorensen recently came off IR after suffering a fracture in his left leg in August. Neither Houston nor Sorensen looks like a viable IDP option this week, but each has a chance to become 1 soon. Hitchens looks fine for IDP usage.

Chiefs ILB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) and OLB Justin Houston (knee) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. Both guys missed Wednesday's practice but then put in limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll see about their status Sunday morning. Each guy will be in play for IDP lineups if he's active.

Chiefs DE Chris Jones and OLB Dee Ford got ejected from Sunday's win over the Jaguars. Jones got booted for throwing a punch. Ford got the hook for committing 2 personal-foul penalties. We'll see if either will miss further time via suspension.

The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.

Chiefs OLBs Justin Houston (shoulder) and Dee Ford (hamstring) are both active for today's game against the Falcons. NT Dontari Poe (back) is also active but missed practice all week. CB Phillip Gaines (knee) is out for the game.

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