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Chiefs Linebacker Tamba Hali Suspended One Game for Substance Abuse

Kansas City Chiefs  outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been suspended for one game for violating ...

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali has been suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

USA Today is reporting that the Pro Bowler will miss the team's season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel gave a brief statement on the matter.

“The NFL’s substance-abuse policy is what it is,” Crennel said. “It was violated and there’s 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. We’re disappointed for the organization and the fans. But it is what it is.”

Hali, who will be eligible to return the day after the Falcons game, released a short statement as well.

“I apologize to my teammates, the Hunt family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and most importantly, our fans. I accept the discipline from the league and will return Week 2 of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off of it.”

Hali is the Chiefs' best pass-rusher and they will need him to return to be focused and drug-free.


Photo Credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images

Glenn Erby is a NFL writer for FootBasket. He also owns the NFL blog, Tha Cover 2. You can read more about him over there. Follow him on Twitter @thacover2.

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