Tamba Hali is ready to practice with Kansas City Chiefs

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Tamba Hali
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Tamba Hali /

Tamba Hali is now reportedly ready to roll for the Kansas City Chiefs after being activated from the Physically Unable to Play list.

The return of Tamba Hali is now official. One day after the media received mixed messages as to the official designation of Hali in relation to the Kansas City Chiefs roster, Hali is now officially off of the Physically Unable to Play list and able to return to practice with the team.

On Wednesday, NFL analysts Adam Schefter and Terez Paylor both reported that Hali was slated to return from the PUP list, just like today, but Paylor later backed off of the report when head coach Andy Reid sounded confused by the move when asked in a media session. Now it’s being called a “hiccup” and it’s possible Chiefs fans will never quite know what happened, but it was clear that Hali hadn’t been cleared in one way or another despite what was being communicated to the general public.

Either way, Hali will be a welcome addition to a defense that could use as much help as possible with its pass rush. Justin Houston misses practice every week just to stay healthy enough to suit up on Sundays. Dee Ford is having tests done on his back and could miss several more weeks in addition to the ones he’s already lost. Tanoh Kpassagnon is still nothing more than a developmental talent despite being a second round pick. Getting Hali back for the second half and stretch run of the season, is an important time to boost a pass rush.

Hali has 89.5 career sacks, all with the Chiefs in his 11 year career.