Chiefs' Justin Houston hopes to play Sunday at Carolina

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a stop during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver. Houston has been cleared to resume football activity for the first time since having surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in February. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that Houston visited Dr. James Andrews on Oct. 3, the day after a loss in Pittsburgh, and was given clearance to do football-related workouts. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston says he hopes to make his season debut Sunday at Carolina, though the decision to put the four-time Pro Bowl pass rusher on the field ultimately rests with coach Andy Reid.

Houston was hobbled by his knee the second half of last season, and tweaked it in a playoff win over the Texans. He barely played in a playoff loss to the Patriots and had surgery in February.

The Chiefs have been hoping all along to have him for the stretch run.

He began practicing a few weeks ago, and was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. And in his first comments since surgery, Houston said Thursday that he's ready to ''dominate.''

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