Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 12/1/12

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Offensive lineman Chris Kuper of the Denver Broncos blocks against Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Despite today's tragedy involving Jovan Belcher's apparent homicide, suicide, the NFL has advised the Carolina Panthers to make the trip to Kansas City as planned according to Joe Person. Considering the NFL's history of canceling games only in the most extreme of circumstances, it's unsurprising that this game will be played, although it seems surprising that the game has not been at least pushed back to Monday instead of its time slot of 1 PM tomorrow. According to a Kansas City Police spokesman, Belcher spoke with head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and another unnamed Chiefs staff member before shooting himself. Considering the circumstances, it seems likely that Roger Goodell is still weighing his options for this football game. Asking Carolina to make the trip to Kansas City keeps the league's options open, but it doesn't necessarily mean the game will be played on Sunday, or played at all this week. Expect to hear more from the league later in the day. [follow]
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