Chiefs outside linebacker Zombo replacing Houston
Houston was absent from the team practice on Thursday. An MRI was conducted on the injury on Tuesday and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and the team doctors will analyse the results together today, after which a statement about extent of injury and recovery time may follow. Houston injured his right elbow last week when the Chiefs went up against the San Diego Chargers. It was later revealed to be a subluxation of the right elbow and was sidelined for the time being.
Zombo was already in the match against the San Diego Chargers when the Chiefs right outside linebacker Tamba Hali was sidelined owing to an ankle sprain. Hali has recovered sufficiently and will be back for the match against the Broncos so Zombo has been shifted to the left outside linebacker position.
Fortunately Zombo has experience playing at the left.
"I've been in this position before. I feel like I jumped into the (San Diego) game and played well. I was aggressive against the run and was able to get a few good pass rushes,” Zombo said. “I was able to do my job, and I was happy with how I played."
At 6 and 3, weighing at 254 pounds, Zombo wasn’t signed in with high expectations during the start of his NFL career. He was not drafted and was later taken in by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent.
During the course of 2011 and 2012, he did not fare well as he was plagued by shoulder and hamstring injuries which restricted his performance. He was later released by the Packers during the offseason. Seemed like a bad decision on their part as he has proven his worth with the Chiefs.
"I'm kind of a blue-collar guy. I don't have some of the same talent-sets that some of the other guys have, but I'm high effort . . . aggressive . . . and that's what makes me a good football player,” Zombo said.
Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton praised Zombo for his talent and his endurance, saying he was a very valuable offensive asset to the team.
"Frank is a very talented guy," he said. "He's physically tough. He's got a great mind-set for the game,” he said. “He's aggressive . . . to me, he plays in a fearless mode. He just attacks.”
Sutton added that Zombo’s tendency to attack was something a starter really needed and he would do well at his position.
"That's what you want from any player, and certainly a guy who is coming off the bench to become a starter . . . that's really critical,” he said. “You don't want to be on your heels. He hasn't had the advantage of a lot of reps since training camp, but he's highly competitive and he'll do fine."