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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11: of the Kansas City Chiefs of the Chicago Bears during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs star pass rusher Justin Houston could miss much or all of next season after having surgery to repair an ACL in his knee.

The Chiefs said Tuesday that the ligament was not fully torn, but after a meeting with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, the consensus was surgery was the best option for his long-term health.

The best-case scenario is a mid-August return, though it’s possible Houston could miss the entire season. The Chiefs didn’t specify which knee.

Houston hurt a knee last season, but at the time it was diagnosed a hyper-extension. He played with a brace in a playoff win over Houston and the Chiefs’ season-ending playoff loss to New England.