Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali has been fined $16,537 for his hit on Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton, the league announced Friday.
Hali was assessed a 15-yard penalty for rushing the passer in the first half of the Chiefs’ 17-14 loss to Arizona on Sunday. The play kept the Chiefs from getting off the field on third down and extended an Arizona drive that ultimately resulted in a punt.
Although it didn’t appear to be a vicious hit — Hali’s momentum seemed to have been triggered by the left tackle dragging him to the ground — it was still below the knee, a rule that was instituted after Bernard Pollard ended Tom Brady’s season in the 2008 season opener.
Hali wasn’t available for comment Friday.
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His fine was the mandatory minimum for roughing the passer, which was agreed upon in advance of the season by the players’ union. The fine for a second offense is $33,075.
▪ Also Friday, Arizona defensive end Tommy Kelly was fined $16,537 for a hit on Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith during Sunday’s game.