Tamba Hali Misses Practice

The Kansas City Chiefs had five players in the rehab area for injured players during today’s practice.  All were expected, except one: LB Tamba Hali.Photobucket

The other four missing practice were Darryl Harris, Ryan O’Callaghan, Maurice Leggett and Cameron Sheffield according to Josh Looney.

Hali was the surprise player to be held out of practice on Monday morning, working out on the stationary bikes alongside O’Callaghan.  Hali played a considerable amount of snaps vs. Philadelphia and did not appear to leave the game injured at any point.

O’Callaghan suffered a leg injury nearly a week ago and has not practiced since.  In his absence, Barry Richardson has received the first-team reps at right tackle and continued to do so on Monday.  Harris has been out since early August with a leg injury, while both Leggett and Sheffield are recovering from head/neck injuries suffered in the past two games.

Sheffield’s situation looked bleak when he left the field on Friday night, but he is now expected to make a full recovery.  It’s news that everyone is rejoicing in.  The Chiefs, however, will ease the rookie back into things.

“He was lifting yesterday and everything looks real good,” Haley said.  “It’s really encouraging.”

Obviously the most important note from today’s practice is that both Sheffield and Leggett were healthy enough to do their conditioning work int he rehab area.  No one would have been surprised if they stayed indoors after such scary injuries.  Having them out with their teammates is a huge first step.

We can all hope that Hali’s time on the sidelines is just Todd Haley giving one of his veterans the day off.  On the list of players the Chiefs cannot afford to lose, Hali would be in the top 5.

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