September 16, 2012
Bills accuse Chiefs' Hali of cheap shots
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Maybe Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali should be playing for the Charlestown Chiefs.
Ya know, of Slap Shot fame?
Because late in the first half of Kansas City's 35-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Hali took a couple of attempt-to-injure "cheap shots," according to two Bills offensive linemen.
The Bills were on the Chiefs' two-yard line with 4:21 left in the half, after another long gain by Buffalo's C.J. Spiller. K.C. stuffed Buffalo running back Dorin Dickerson for an eight-yard loss.
That's when Hali apparently lost his cool.
"I think I tripped or something and fell, so he thought I was trying to cut him," Bills left guard Andy Levitre said. "And he tried to twist my neck. He took both of his arms and pinched them around my helmet and (twisted), so that got me going a little bit. So I reacted to that.
"We were talking back and forth, and on the following play he tried to come inside, and I threw him on the ground."
That play was a touchdown, a 10-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler that put the Bills up 21-0. On the play Hali targeted rookie Buffalo left tackle Cordy Glenn, "trying to (twist his) arm out of the socket," Bills centre Eric Wood said.
"We're not going to stand for that."
Indeed, within seconds three Bills linemen appeared to jump on Hali in defence of Glenn, as the rest of their teammates were celebrating the score. It was quite the scrum but, incredibly, no flags were thrown.
Both Levitre and Wood said several Chiefs later "started jawing off" like they did last year during the Bills' 41-7 victory.
On Hali and the two plays in question, Wood said he went after "Andy and Cordy -- guys that are performing. (The Chiefs) get ticked off. You get a team down, and like I said, they're going to take some shots at you. That's why we weren't taking our foot off their throats at the end.
"It's something I'm sure the league will review, but ... that stuff rubs you pretty wrong. And going into the half we were pretty ticked off, for sure."
Added Levitre: "That got us fired up a little bit. As an offensive line, we're all together. We don't take any crap from anybody."