KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You can flip a coin on whether linebacker Tamba Hali will be available for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's game against the Vikings in Minnesota. Hali didn't practice on Friday for the second straight day because of a sore knee, and the Chiefs listed him as questionable on the final injury report of the week.
Hali has a history of playing despite nagging injuries. Coach Andy Reid was optimistic about Hali's availability on Sunday.
"He had some swelling in his knee," Reid said. "It’s coming down and he should be OK as we go forward here."
Dee Ford, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick last year, would start if Hali can't go.
“Dee got the reps this week and did a nice job with them," Reid said. "He’s making progress. He’s been getting playing time, so you know he’s doing OK."
The Chiefs declared two other defensive starters, nose tackle Dontari Poe (high ankle sprain) and inside linebacker Josh Mauga (groin/Achilles) out for Sunday's game. Jaye Howard, who has played very well this season, will replace Poe. Rookie Ramik Wilson, who started for the first time in his NFL career last week against the Bears, will start again Sunday.