KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after sacking quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers during the game on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tamba Hali Suspended For Kansas City Chiefs Opener Against Atlanta Falcons

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been suspended for the season opener for the Chiefs.

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Tamba Hali's Suspension Changes Financial Terms With Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs surprised the NFL yesterday with the announcement that outside linebacker Tamba Hali would be suspended for the first game of the regular season against the Atlanta Falcons for violating the league's drug policy. Later it was revealed that Hali was suspended due to an unknown violation of the law from the recent past. The mysteries are not yet clear, but it is obvious at this point that the financial terms of Hali's long-term extension with the Chiefs have changed just a bit.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes, "A league source tells PFT that the suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy voids $7.75 million in guaranteed payments for 2013, under the terms of a contact signed in 2011."

This means that Hali would not be paid that guaranteed money if the Chiefs cut him. Of course, that's not going to happen to one of the greatest pass rushers in the NFL, so Hali does not have to worry too much about really losing his money. That said, if Hali somehow loses his mental state and becomes a problem for the Chiefs for some odd reason (such as this incident that came from nowhere), the Chiefs hold some leverage there.

In the end, a contractual change like this would make a big difference for a player with less leverage. if it was a fringe roster player, the guy would likely have already been cut to this point. Even a lesser defender suddenly might find himself in his last season with the team. But when an elite player has an incident like this, it's overlooked unless a problem persists. Given Hali's history with the team, this is likely to be the only blip on the radar -- or at least that's the hope

For more on the Chiefs, check out Arrowhead Pride.

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Romeo Crennel Expresses Frustration Over Tamba Hali Suspension

Romeo Crennel led out his daily preseason remarks about the Kansas City Chiefs by speaking to the breaking news from this morning that the team's best defender Tamba Hali has been suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. While he didn't offer any further details on the matter given the nature of league policy, he did go into the situation a bit more including some remarks about his feelings. You can catch the entire opener below:

"I've been better, to tell you the truth," said Crennel to start his remarks. "The game the other day was not good news, and I've got some other bad news that was just recently released from the NFL. We found out that Tamba Hali will be suspended for the first regular season game. You can't feel too good about that, but the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy is what it is. It's been in place, and they've been fair about it.

"It was violated, so there is a consequence to be paid for it. Tamba will pay the consequence. We're disappointed. We're disappointed for him; we're disappointed for the team, disappointed for the organization and the fans, but it is what it is. Tamba is a guy who is very prideful. He's been a very good team member for this team, and I think the team will rally around him and support him the best they can during this time.

"He's able to practice with us and be with us and play in the preseason games. His suspension will start when the regular season starts, and after he serves his suspension he'll be back with the team at that time. I know that probably you guys and ladies have a lot of questions about what it is, whatever, but the Commissioner is pretty strict about what he does and how he handles things.

"This is an NFL policy. It's handled by the NFL; they told us, and I told you. Other than that, I really can't say much more because I put myself in jeopardy if I go further than I've already gone."

For more information on Hali's suspension, check out Arrowhead Pride.

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