With the Kansas City Chiefs owning the 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, they are currently preparing for a match up against the 4-seed Indianapolis Colts. The Chiefs had high hopes that their outside line backer, Tamba Hali, would be fully rested and recovered from his knee injury, which has suffered some intense swelling lately.
However, instead of being ready to go against the Colts, Hali is listed as questionable, which, according to ESPN, means he has a “50-50 chance” of playing.
Hali didn’t play in last week’s game in San Diego nor did he practice this week. The Chargers’ game was only the second of his career that Hali has missed because of injury, the other happening in 2008.
The Chiefs are still hoping to pair Hali with outside linebacker Justin Houston, who on Saturday will play for the first time in six weeks. Houston dislocated his elbow in a Nov. 24 game against the Chargers. Both players had 11 sacks this season.
If Hali can’t play, he would be replaced by veteran Frank Zombo. Zombo did a nice job of filling in for Houston. Zombo had two sacks and an interception in five starts.
Whether or not Hali can play, the Chiefs may find themselves in a sticky situation against Andrew Luck and the rising Colts.