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“It's little wonder that after Hali made 14½ sacks two years ago, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli made it a priority to sign him to a long-term deal. A five-year, $60 million contract with $35 million guaranteed was completed just after the start of training camp last summer and Hali responded with 12 sacks en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. "The way he approaches the game and the way he plays, down-in and down-out, that impacts the guys around him, because I think they want to play up to the level he plays," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "If we can get guys up to the level he plays, then you've lifted the team." Kansas City certainly could use a lift after the way it played against Atlanta. The sight of Julio Jones scoring touchdowns, and Roddy White finding open space in the secondary, are probably just as vivid in the Chiefs' minds as Ryan sitting in the pocket all afternoon. Along with the sack by Houston, Kansas City had just three "quarterback hurries." "Being able to have such a dynamic pass-rusher out there, it really helps," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "I know that there's always going to be issues with him in terms of us having to protect against him and know where he is on every snap. I think that changes the defense a lot." Linebacker Derrick Johnson said Hali had already apologized to his teammates for being suspended for Week 1, and that the apology was readily accepted. "We stick by Tamba all the way. He's one of our brothers, our family members, and we know he's all-in with us," Johnson said. "Tamba is our best player on defense. He's going to get to the quarterback, he's going to help the back line -- he's going to help me out." That's something he couldn't do last Sunday, when he was watching from home. "Being away, having to watch our team, wasn't something I liked," said Hali, who watched the game with his daughter and mother. "It wasn't fun screaming at the TV. "We played a good team, and it's always frustrating when I can't be out there, or any other players can't be out there to contribute, but they played as best they can," he said. "But me personally, I was frustrated."
I've got to be careful of what I say. I can't elaborate on anything. I'm just very sorry for what went on.” -- Tamba Hali, when asked about the details behind his suspension