(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) The Chiefs will be without a Pro Bowl linebacker in the first game of the regular season.
Tamba Hali is suspended for Kansas City's game against the Atlanta Falcons on September 9th for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse.
The suspension is without pay. Hali is also fined an additional game check on top of missing the regular season opening game against Atlanta.
The violation will not keep him out of any preseason games or practices.
The Kansas City Chiefs released general manager Scott Pioli's statement on Hali's suspension:
"Tamba's situation is unfortunate, Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during his 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."
Hali also apologized for his actions:
"I apologize to my teammates, the Hunt family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and, most importantly, our fans. I accept the discipline from the league and will return week 2 of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off it."
In 2011, Hali was a Pro Bowler and 2nd team All-Pro linebacker racking up 12 sacks and four forced fumbles.