I've said a few times, including with Eric Fisher's injury this week, that a player's availability at practice can tell you a lot about their status for the game. Missing the final practice of the week, for example, is generally considered bad news for a player's chances of playing.
Looking solely at Tamba Hali's practice habits this week, I would say he has serious questions about playing this weekend. He did not practice at all last week (although none of the starters played in Week 17). And he has yet to put in a full practice this week.
While Hali hasn't been practicing regularly, he is still expected to play, according to two folks in the know.
#Chiefs Hali at practice without helmet. That means he'll be limited today. But he'll play on Sunday .— Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) January 1, 2014
Tamba Hali was at practice without a helmet for the second day in a row. Would still be shocked if he doesn’t play.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) January 1, 2014
What a kick in the you know what it would be if Hali couldn't go. The Chiefs waited the last five weeks to get Houston back and then when they do, Hali is banged up. The good news is that we sit here just two days before the game and the feeling is that he will play.
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