Hali will be forced to give up a second game check for the infraction, but he will be able to practice with the team and participate in the remaining two preseason contests.
K.C. opens the 2012-13 campaign at home against the Atlanta Falcons, and it will sorely miss the 3-4 outside linebacker’s pass-rushing skills. Hali would have been instrumental in getting to QB Matt Ryan and thereby preventing Roddy White and Julio Jones from picking apart the Chiefs secondary.
Instead, the 28-year-old will be on the sidelines, ineligible to return until Week 2, when the Chiefs travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.
During Hali’s six-year NFL career, he’s racked up 352 tackles, 53.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The former Penn State Nittany Lion and two-time Pro Bowler is primed to have a monster season, but he now has to delay his debut a week.
The Liberian native has overcome adversity before, miraculously escaping his home country at the age of 10 and thriving as a football player.
Hali should have no problem moving past this substance abuse issue, getting back on the field and putting together another All-Pro season.
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