The Kansas City Chiefs will be playing against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL season opener for both teams without their best player. Word came down today that elite pass rusher and outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been suspended. The official statement reads:
Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended without pay for the team's first 2012 regular-season game and fined one additional game check for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse. Hali will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on Monday, September 10 following the team's September 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Hali has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL over the last two seasons, and the loss of Hali significantly affects the Chiefs ability to get after one of the most dynamic passing attacks in the NFL with Matt Ryan throwing to Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
No details were made known about what specifically Hali was guilty of.
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