The Chiefs announced outside linebacker Tamba Hali would miss the regular season opener because of a league suspension.
Hali was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
Hali will now miss the Chiefs opener against the Falcons, but will be eligible to join the team the following day. He will also be fined one additional game check.
He can continue to practice and play in the preseason, however. We’ll have more on this one as it develops.
UPDATE: 11:33 a.m. ET: ”Tamba’s situation is unfortunate,” Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli said in a statement. ”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. We are unable to comment further on this matter or any aspect of the NFL’s Drug Policy.”