Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali returned to practice Thursday for the first time since last season. With Dee Ford’s recent back injury, this may seem like a much-needed boost for a defense that has been struggling statistically as of late. However, questions still remain pertaining to Hali’s ability to get onto the field, as it’s unclear when he will be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Tamba’s return on Thursday will give the Chiefs roughly three weeks to decide whether to activate him or shut him down for the season. The veteran linebacker missed all of training camp to rest and recover his debilitating knees.
Coach Andy Reid perhaps made things a little more confusing with his comments on Wednesday. When asked about the Tamba Situation, he said that it was between GM Brett Veach and Tamba Hali. This begs the question: Is Tamba actually healthy?
Nobody is certain of what Tamba actually has left in the tank. The 33-year-old’s snaps were down last year, and his 3 1/2 sacks were his lowest since 2008. He wasn’t utilized much in the playoff loss to the Steelers, something he was very frustrated with and vocalized on social media.
Despite all these concerns, the Chiefs could sure use his veteran leadership against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. More importantly, they need him in January. Even if his reps are down, you never know. One sack from Hali could make all the difference in helping the Chiefs realize their Super Bowl aspirations.