By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without their best linebacker for the first game of the season.
Tamba Hali (Getty Images)
Tamba Hali was suspended by the NFL this monring for what is being called “punitive action.” But there is an indication that he may have violated the league’s substance abuse policy.
He is allowed to continue to practice with the team and, in addition, continue to play in the remaining preseason games. But he will not be allowed to be in uniform as the Chiefs play host to the Atlanta Falcons on September 9th.
“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, ” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Hali will be eligible to return to the Chiefs active roster on Monday, Sept. 10 following the team’s Sept. 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Hali is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
He is expected to lose $1.3 million with this suspension, which is two game checks, and will be replaced in the lineup by Andy Studebaker.
“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.”
He had 66 tackles and 12 tackles last season in all 16 regular season games. In August 2011, he signed a five-year, $60 million dollar extension with the Chiefs.
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