Kansas City, MO – The National Football League on Monday announced punitive action against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.
"Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended without pay for the team's first 2012 regular-season game and fined one additional game check for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse. Hali will be eligible to return to the Chiefs active roster on Monday, Sept. 10 following the team's Sept. 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Hali is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games."
Hali was signed by the Chiefs back in August of 2011 to a deal reported to be for five years and worth as much as $60 million, with at least $35 million guaranteed.
The Penn State product totaled 66 tackles and 12 sacks while playing in all 16 games a season ago.
"Tamba's situation is unfortunate," said Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. "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."