Justin Houston cleared for football activities

Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston, who is on the physically unable to perform list, has been cleared to take part in football activities according to NFL.com.

Houston, who had a league-high 22 sacks two years ago and 7.5 last season, can come off the PUP list as soon as Monday. At that point, he will have a 21-day period to practice. If the Chiefs activate him, they must do it during that window.

The 27-year-old Houston had ACL surgery in February and the Chiefs (2-2) miss him. They’re 31st in the league with five sacks. But they won’t rush Houston back even though Derek Carr, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck are the next three quarterbacks on their schedule.

The Chiefs might have to tough it out without Houston for at least another couple of weeks. But at least they’re not fighting back from a 1-5 start like last season.