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Kansas City Chiefs activate Joe Mays off IR-recall

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The Kansas City Chiefs are welcoming Joe Mays back into the fold.

The team announced Saturday that the veteran linebacker has been activated off injured reserve-designated to return after missing all eight games this season to undergo wrist surgery.

Mays started 13 tilts for the Houston Texans last year after three campaigns with the Denver Broncos and another two in Philadelphia after the Eagles picked up the defender in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

It's unclear if Mays will start in Sunday's critical meeting with the Buffalo Bills (5-3), but any snaps he earns will come at the expense of James-Michael Johnson, per The Kansas City Star. The Chiefs (5-3) are expected to ultimately pair Mays with fellow inside linebacker Josh Mauga.

Buffalo's more pressing concern on Sunday is Justin Houston, the white-hot Chiefs pass rusher with an outrageous 12 sacks on the year. Houston is on pace to shatter Kansas City's franchise record of 20 sacks set by Derrick Thomas and remains in play to break Michael Strahan's single-season NFL mark of 22.5 takedowns.

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