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Veteran LB Tamba Hali Will Begin Practicing This Week

The veteran linebacker is coming off the PUP list

One of the best pass rushers in Kansas City Chiefs franchise history, linebacker Tamba Hali, is coming off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and will begin practicing with his teammates this week on a limited basis.

It's a sign that things are moving in the right direction for the team's first-round pick back in 2006 (No. 20 overall), who has started 155 career regular season games for the Chiefs in his 10 years with the club, owning 583 tackles, 86.0 sacks, 33 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and 16 passes defensed.

Hali's 86 career sacks rank second best in franchise history.

Photo highlights of Tamba Hali

Despite not practicing, Hali has been in and around the facility this offseason going through his rehab and helping his teammates, which included some time spent with Dontari Poe during the offseason program.

"Just his presence is enough," Poe explained of having Hali around, "but when I'm not working with the defensive line, I try to get some [help from Hali]. Like I say, the more, the better with him because he knows a lot of stuff.

"He shows us step by step what he does, the progression of it, the steps, the hand placement, simple stuff like that."

Hali's return to the practice field is good for everyone on that defense.

It's undetermined whether or not Hali will be able to play this Saturday in Chicago in the third preseason game, but head coach Andy Reid will speak with the media on Tuesday morning and we should get an update on whether or not that's a possibility.

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