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Chiefs' Tamba Hali named AFC defensive player of the week

While one KC Chiefs pass rusher is out with injury, the other picked up the AFC defensive player of the week award.

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Tamba Hali's two sacks in Sunday's Chiefs-Redskins game has earned him AFC defensive player of the week honors. It is the second time this year Tamba Hali has been awarded the AFC defensive player of the week award. The first one came after snagging 3.5 of the Chiefs 10 sacks against the Raiders earlier this year.

Tamba is sixth in the NFL in sacks with 11. The NFL leader is Robert Mathis with 15.5.

Tamba has had 10-plus sacks in a season three times now. He passed Art Still for third place on the Chiefs all-time sack list, trailing Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith.

This news is very nice to hear after the Chiefs played on Sunday without Justin Houston. The Chiefs pass rush was already falling off the past few weeks and I didn't expect it to get back on track without Houston. But Tamba put up a hell of an effort to snag two of the Chiefs six sacks.

Tyson Jackson also merited consideration for the award after he picked up two sacks last Sunday as well. Eric Berry (1) and Frank Zombo (1) rounded out the Chiefs sacks against the Redskins.

As for the future of the Chiefs pass rush, we await news on Justin Houston, who is now considered day to day with a subluxed elbow, according to Andy Reid. Houston was hurt in the Chiefs Week 12 game against the Chargers.

Meanwhile, the AFC special teams player of the week award for Week 14 will not be coming to Kansas City and Dexter McCluster. Broncos kicker Matt Prater won the award after breaking the NFL record for the longest field goal (64 yards).

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