Reinforcements for the Chiefs’ pass rush are on the way, as outside linebacker Tamba Hali returned to practice Thursday.
Still, it’s unclear when Hali — who remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list — will play. To promote Hali to the 53-man roster, the Chiefs will need to create a roster spot. The Chiefs, who face the Dallas Cowboys at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Stadium, have until Nov. 23 to officially do so, lest Hali sit for the rest of the season.
Hali, 33, stands to help a pass rush that ranks 14th in the league in sacks. The Chiefs’ outside linebackers are banged up, with Dee Ford missing the last two practices with a back injury and Justin Houston limited with a knee injury.
Hali missed the entirety of training camp due to sore knees but has continued to work out this season, though Thursday was his first practice. He currently has 89 1/2 career sacks, the second-most in team history behind Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.
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A year ago, Hali had 34 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks, but he finished third on the team with nine QB hurries.
Two key Chiefs missed practice for the second day in a row, as outside linebacker Dee Ford (back) and receiver Albert Wilson (knee) sat out due to their respective injuries.
Meanwhile, tight end Demetrius Harris (shoulder) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (knee) were limited in practice for the second day in a row.
Other Chiefs listed on the injury report include guard Bryan Witzmann (abdomen), guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee), defensive tackle Bennie Logan (knee) and center Mitch Morse (foot). All four were full participants in practice for the second day in a row.