Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs’ Hali suspended one game for violating substance-abuse policy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs Pro Bowl outside linebacker Tamba Hali today was suspended without pay for the team’s 2012 regular-season opening game and fined one additional game check for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Hali, who was second in the AFC with 12 sacks last season, will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ active roster on Sept. 10 following the team’s Sept. 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“Tamba’s situation is unfortunate,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said in a statement. “Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during this 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 is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.