Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LB Justin Houston Makes AFC Pro Bowl Roster

By: Stephanie Schultz

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Tuesday that LB Justin Houston has made the AFC Pro Bowl roster, replacing injured Denver LB Von Miller. Houston joins Kansas City's five other Pro Bowl performers from the 2012 season: S Eric Berry, RB Jamaal Charles, P Dustin Colquitt, LB Tamba Hali and LB Derrick Johnson, giving the Chiefs six Pro Bowl attendees, the most Chiefs to go to a Pro Bowl since Kansas City sent six players following the 2005 season.

Houston (6-3, 258) started all 16 games at left outside linebacker for the Chiefs in 2012, one of four Chiefs players on the defensive side of the ball to open all 16 games. He led the team with 10.0 sacks (-69.0 yards). Along with his 10.0 QB takedowns, he registered a team-high 19 QB pressures. He finished third on the team with 66 tackles (53 solo), and tied for the team lead with 13 tackles for loss. He forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and recorded his first career interception, returning it for 32 yards.

The Statesboro, Ga., native has played in 32 games (26 starts) in his two years with Kansas City. He has recorded 136 tackles (116 solo), 15.5 sacks (-96.5 yards), 31 QB pressures, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception (32 yards). He originally joined the Chiefs as the club's third-round pick (70th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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