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Humbled Hali gets back to work after suspension

Green Bay's Newhouse reaches for the fumble dropped by Rodgers hit by Kansas City's  Hali during their NFL game in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

Tamba Hali walked back into the Chiefs facility and apologized this week, after missing the opener with a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

“This is not the type of light they want the organization to be in,” Hali said of the Hunt family which owns the team, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “I’m truly sorry for the embarrassment. I just want to move forward and get better as a team and as an individual.”

For their part, his teammates were in a forgiving mood.

“Tamba has already made his apologies,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “We stick by Tamba all the way. He’s one of our brothers, one of our family members. We know he’s all-in with us, so we just can’t wait for him to go out and sell his heart out there on Sunday.”

The Chiefs obviously missed him last week, as the Falcons strafed them for 40 points. Having a guy who posted 26.5 sacks the last two seasons might have helped, as Matt Ryan had a comfortable pocket throughout the day.

Because league rules allow players on substance-abuse suspensions access to the team, Hali was able to attend meetings and work out at the facility, though he couldn’t practice or work with the team in the weight room. Nor could he attend Sunday’s game.

“It wasn’t fun screaming at the TV,” Hali said. “We played a good team. It’s always frustrating when I can’t be out there or any of the other players can’t be out there to contribute. They played as best they [could].

“I don’t think we played bad. I think that team we played [against] was able to execute. We just need to be on top of our game and that was something that was lacking.”

That, and one of their best players, of course.

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4 Responses to “Humbled Hali gets back to work after suspension”
  1. bigdawg24 says: Sep 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    “This is not the type of light they want the organization to be in,” Hali said of the Hunt family which owns the team, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “I’m truly sorry for the embarrassment. I just want to move forward and get better as a team and as an individual.”

    That’s ok Mr Hali. The Hunt family isn’t seen in that type of light you are referring to anyhow – they already are seen in the light as being “CHEAP”….. and sticking it to the fans.

    In two years, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary from our last playoff win.

  2. jtfawver says: Sep 13, 2012 10:07 AM

    Hali screwed the Chiefs bad. We were already missing 4 players on D because of injury, but the suspension was an idiotic move on his part.

    Is there anyone that thinks Sam Baker could have blocked Hali? I’d assume not, unless your insane. Our BEST match up turned into 1 of our worst. It showed, Matt Ryan had all day to throw.

    With all that said all Hali can do is come back strong. 1/2 the NFL teams are 0-1 right now. If Flowers is still out and we know Lewis is still out Hali’s pressure will be more important than ever.

  3. jjackwagon says: Sep 13, 2012 11:12 AM

    Every defense in the league needs a minimum of two play-makers in order to be considered good. (A truly great defense has three or more. ’85 Bears, ’00 Ravens.) The Chiefs had two in Hali and Carr. Carr is now a Cowboy leaving the Chiefs with one, Hali. Since he was suspended they had none and it showed.

  4. yelix says: Sep 13, 2012 11:31 AM

    @jjackwagon

    You’re partially correct. The Chiefs had no playmakers because Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers, two of the best defensive backs in the division and half of the starting secondary, didn’t play either. Carr is a very good corner, but he was a good #2 alongside Flowers.

    It’s sorta like if Denver’s defense was playing without Champ Bailey, Tracy Porter, and Von Miller.

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