Don't expect knee swelling to keep Hali out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tamba Hali hasn’t lasted eight years in the NFL or become one of the league’s top pass-rushers by letting a little thing like some swelling in his knee to keep him out of the lineup.

So, even though the Kansas City Chiefs completed their practice week Thursday with Hali unable to practice for the third straight day, look for him to be available on Saturday when his team begins the playoffs at the Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s really just a matter of the swelling coming down in the knee,’’ coach Andy Reid said. “It’s been up, it’s been down. We want to make sure we get it out of there. We’re being a little bit cautious with him today. We’ll just see how it goes.

“We just want to make sure he’s OK to play. We’re not going to put him out there if he physically can‘t play. At this point in the year, he knows the scheme and he’s got it down. The important thing is that the swelling is out of the knee and making whatever is causing the swelling is not hurting him for the future.’’

Hali, who has become one of the NFL’s better outside linebackers because of his relentless effort, has long prided himself on his ability to stay in the lineup. Until last week’s game in San Diego, Hali had missed just one game in his career because of injury, that being in 2008.

If it’s his call whether to play or not on Saturday, it’s obvious which way that decision will go.