Tamba Hali gets one game suspension
Though he'll be missing out on $1.3 million of his $11.25 million 2012 salary, Hali is not the only victim in this situation.
When the Chiefs open up against the Falcons in Week 1, they'll be missing their most lethal weapon in their front seven. Hali burst on to the scene a couple years ago and finally made his first Pro Bowl last season after being snubbed in 2010, a year in which he racked up 14.5 sacks. Since his permanent move to outside linebacker in 2009, Hali has averaged 11.67 sacks per season.
With Cameron Sheffield, a player with one career start and only five career tackles, listed as Hali's backup, the Chiefs won't come close to replacing the pass rushing presence that Hali brings. The Falcons will also have a few weeks to develop a game plan that revolves around the Chiefs other defensive playmakers, such as linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry.
Fortunately for Kansas City, the suspension is only one game, but it is still a tough blow for a defense which will be facing off against one of the league's toughest offensive attacks.