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.
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.