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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chiefs Injury Update: Tamba Hali limited with knee injury


By on 11/19/2014 04:25:00 PM

Tamba Hali has been a solid pass rusher for the Kansas Chiefs this year, recording five sacks for the team so far this season. Hali is an exceptionally durable player, not missing more than one game in a season in his entire professional career. This week, though, he is being hampered by a knee injury.



Hali was limited in practice Tuesday, which is not really a surprise. A minor injury will be treated like a mild injury when a team has to play in the Thursday night game; and precaution comes first for a team in the Chiefs' position. They are playing an inferior opponent in the Raiders, and they are well-positioned in the standings at the moment, too. Hali's knee injury most likely will not keep him out of the game Thursday, it is just a team being cautious with a player they can ill afford to lose.

If Hali was absent for the game there would certainly be a major void in the Kansas City defensive line. The unfamiliarity of not having Hali, a leader of the defense, could potentially cause confusion amongst the defense for the early part of the game. Then again, the Chiefs defensive line has Justin Houston, who has 12 sacks, and Dontari Poe, who has five sacks, so they could make up for Hali's absence, for one game.

With a 7-3 record, the Kansas City Chiefs have positioned themselves decently for a playoff spot. They play the Raiders twice in their final six games remaining, so Tamba Hali and the Chiefs have their work cut out for them.

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