The Kansas City Chiefs will get star pass rusher Tamba Hali back for Sunday's game in Buffalo.
Hali missed the season opening loss to Atlanta because he served a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
"This is not the type of light they want the organization to be in," Hali told reporters Wednesday upon returning to practice. "I'm truly sorry for the embarrassment. I just want to move forward and get better as a team and as an individual."
Hali had 12 sacks last season and 14.5 sacks in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs could be without three defensive starters against the Bills. Nose tackle Anthony Toribio sat out with an ankle injury and looks very questionable. Free safety Kendrick Lewis sat out with an ankle injury and probably is doubtful at best. (Teams don't have to put a status on players until Friday.) Top cornerback Brandon Flowers was limited with a foot injury.
Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was visiting his family in suburban Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday after the death of his 19-year-old brother, Simeon Gilmore, on Sunday afternoon. Gilmore, one of Dareus' six siblings, was one of three people found shot to death in a home in Pelham, Ala. A suspect has been arrested and charged with capital murder and burglary.
"I spoke to Marcell (Dareus) and all of our condolences do go out to him and his family," said Bills coach Chan Gailey. "He has a lot on his plate, to say the least. I talked with him this morning and I think he will be back for Sunday's game. Whether it is tonight, tomorrow or the next day I do not know but I think he will be here for this week. He wants to be back."
"With what he's got going on, the best thing we can probably do is just pray for him and his family," safety George Wilson said. "There's no good time to handle a situation like this. With Marcell having to deal with this, all we can do is keep him uplifted with our thoughts and prayers and just hope that he can be able to get back to us."
Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski has retired. Hojnowski was one of the longest-tenured employees in the organization, and was in his 35th year. The Bills had no comment on Hojnowski other than to confirm he no longer is employed by the team. He had been working with the club throughout training camp and preseason. The move apparently came last week. The Bills' equipment staff is headed by Jeff Mazurek, director of equipment operations, and includes two assistant managers.
Receiver Stevie Johnson dismissed questions about the sore groin that caused him to miss practice time last week.
"It don't matter to me," Johnson said. "I'm not even thinking about that no more. Over that last game, mentally it was bothering me, but I went through the whole game and it didn't get any worse so I'm cool with how it is. . Right now, the way I feel I really do not care if it lingers or if it goes away today or tomorrow. I am going to be ready to play."
Meanwhile, Johnson said he's not giving thought to the fact Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who will start at strong safety Sunday, tore up his knee on a block Johnson made on him in last year's season opener. Berry missed the rest of the Chiefs' season. The block was legal, and no fine was assessed. Johnson repeatedly has said he had no intent to cause an injury.
"However he feels is however he feels," Johnson said. "I already said it before that I have never been a dirty player and I never try to take somebody out. I know the work put in to get where he is and where I am. I have said it before but it is enough already. We will meet up on Sunday."
There is an 11 a.m. deadline today to enter online for a drawing held by Bills back Tashard Choice to get two tickets to Sunday's game. The winner also gets pregame sideline passes, an autographed football and tickets to Choice's charity event in November. Click the raffle link at www.celebritiesforcharity.org.
Correction: A previous version of this story did not indicate that Hojnowski had retired.