Andy Reid: Good chance Tamba Hali plays Sunday

AP

The Chiefs don’t have linebackers Tamba Hali or Justin Houston at practice on Wednesday, but their coach is optimistic about the chances of having at least one of them on the field against the Broncos on Sunday.

Reid said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, that Hali went through the team’s walkthrough on Wednesday, which he called a “big step” that gives Hali a good chance of being in the lineup. Hali is off crutches and said he has been able to push off on the ankle and plans on playing even though he hasn’t tried cutting or running on the field since suffering the injury.

The news isn’t quite so rosy when it comes to Houston. The swelling in his elbow was still too great for an MRI on Tuesday so he had to wait until Wednesday to see what kind of damage he did when he dislocated it against the Chargers last weekend.

After watching the Kansas City defense get lit up by San Diego once both linebackers were out of the game, it’s difficult to like their chances against the Broncos if both men are out. Having just one of them on a bad wheel may not improve things all that much, but it’s better than nothing.

8 responses to “Andy Reid: Good chance Tamba Hali plays Sunday

  1. Chiefs were up 14-3 before they went out. That’s tells you all you need to know about their value to the defense.

  2. Well even if both were out this week I wouldn’t expect it to be just like last week. At least this week the 2nd/3rd string guys are getting practice with the starters and it’s being game planned that way.

    Losing both suddenly in the same game caused all sorts of havoc, Zombo did pretty well until they lost Houston too.

  3. sutton and the defense were going to have to make adjustments anyway, even if hali and houston were healthy. new england doesn’t have nearly that kind of pass-rushing talent, and they were still able to contain peyton with an effective scheme. the chiefs still have more than enough talent on their defense (poe, johnson, berry, flowers) to slow the broncos down, and with the growth their offense showed last week they should be able to put some points on the board against a banged up denver defense, too.

  4. Denver will be looking for redemption after losing a close one against the Pats.. Look for the offense to run up the score this time around against a broken KC defense

  5. Forcing qb’s to get rid of the ball in under three seconds, which takes pressure off of the secondary……. i wouldnt call that a non-factor, but hey those who don’t really know football and think that sacks are the only thing that come from a pass rush might see it that way.

  6. LaBamba is one of the most overrated players in the league, much like the rest of that Chiefs defense.

    Actually, much like the whole team.

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