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Tamba Hali Suspension: Chiefs GM Scott Pioli Releases Statement

It was just announced this morning from the NFL that Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been suspended for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. It didn't take long for the team to officially respond via a statement of their own.

"Tamba's situation is unfortunate," said Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli. "Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during this suspension, but the NFL's policies are very clear and we respect the league's decision in this matter. We are unable to comment further on this matter or any aspect of the NFL's Drug Policy."

Hali has been the Chiefs most dominant pass rusher by far, and the suspension creates further pressure on Justin Houston and others to emerge early in the season. The Falcons' passing attack now becomes even more fearsome given the lack of a dynamic pass rusher for the team's opener.

No further details have been made available about what specifically Hali was guilty of.

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