Tamba Hali Says He’ll Play Against Denver

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Jason O.Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — This Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs could very well determine who wins the AFC West. That’s why Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali’s comments about the status of his sprained ankle must be a welcome sign for Chiefs’ fans.

“I’ll be ready to go,” Hali said after not practicing Wednesday. “I love the game. The training staff has done a great job of jumping on the injury and being proactive. I’ve been here early, in the pool and running. I’m feeling good.

“I know I can push off. I haven’t cut yet. I know I can push off and run forward. I haven’t run yet, but I believe I can do it because I’ve been doing it on the treadmill.”

Hali rolled his ankle in the second quarter of the Chiefs loss to the Chargers last Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 275 pound Hali immediately left the field and did not return to the game.

Kansas City (9-2) will now play Denver (9-2) for the second time in three weeks. Denver won the first game meaning a Chiefs loss will essentially put them two games behind the Broncos for first place due to the tie breaker.

The 30-year-old Hali’s return would help the Chiefs. This season Hali has 35 tackles, nine sacks and four forced fumbles.

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