It is a busy time in Kansas City as the team prepares for Dwayne Bowe to practice for the first time Tuesday as he begins to shake off the rust of his holdout and the team prepares to play the season opener against business Atlanta on Sept. 9 without top pass-rusher Tamba Hali, who has been suspended for one game by the NFL for violating its substance abuse policy.
Here are some thoughts from Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel on the developments:
On Hali’s suspension: “I’ve been better, to tell you the truth. The game the other day was not good news, and I’ve got some other bad news that was just recently released from the NFL. We found out that Tamba Hali will be suspended for the first regular season game. You can’t feel too good about that, but the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy is what it is. It’s been in place, and they’ve been fair about it. It was violated, so there is a consequence to be paid for it. Tamba will pay the consequence. We’re disappointed. We’re disappointed for him; we’re disappointed for the team, disappointed for the organization and the fans, but it is what it is. Tamba is a guy who is very prideful. He’s been a very good team member for this team, and I think the team will rally around him and support him the best they can during this time. He’s able to practice with us and be with us and play in the preseason games. His suspension will start when the regular season starts, and after he serves his suspension he’ll be back with the team at that time.”
On whether Bowe will play For the Chiefs’ on Friday night: “I think that depends on how he does the next couple of days here and tomorrow, in particular, after we get him in pads. These guys that he’s playing against and playing with, they’ve been through all of training camp and have had contact much longer than he has. He’s learning a new system, new terminology, and he hasn’t had any contact. Generally, when you start contact, you get a little sore, you get a little beat up, so what we’ll have to determine is how much we think he can take, how much we think he’s ready for. Just like we did with Jamaal Charles and (Eric) Berry and (Tony) Moeaki, is not overdo it. I don’t think we should overdo it with Dwayne because he is really behind these other guys.”