Chiefs to visit Carolina without Houston, Maclin, Howard

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)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Linebacker Justin Houston will have to wait at least another week before making his season debut for the Kansas City Chiefs after he was ruled out for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Houston had surgery to repair his left ACL in February and was removed from the physically unable to perform list this week. But the Chiefs are being careful with his recovery and are giving him at least another week to get ready for game action.

Maclin has been ruled out with a groin injury. He hurt it in practice last week and tweaked it again on the Chiefs' first series in their 19-14 victory over Jacksonville.

Howard has been ruled out with a hip injury.

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