Tamba Hali Suspended One Game For Substance Abuse

Tamba Hali gets one game suspension

8/20/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on the sidelines against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIREAdam Schefter has reported that Kansas City Chiefs' outside linebacker Tamba Hali will be suspended one game without pay and fined one additional game check for violating the league's substance abuse policy. What Hali did to violate the policy is currently unknown.

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.
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8/27/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Whatever he did to violate the policy was stupid dipped in dumb.  You know you're going to get tested for so why do it?