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It appears Sunday's game between Kansas City and Carolina will be played as scheduled even in the aftermath of the murder/suicide involving Chiefs middle linebacker Jovan Belcher.
FOXSports.com NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported that the league has "full plans" of playing the game at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Charlotte Observer reported that the Panthers were told by the NFL to maintain their Saturday afternoon travel plans for the matchup.
Glazer, though, reports there is still a chance the NFL could decide later to postpone the contest in light of Belcher's Saturday morning suicide at team headquarters after police said he had killed his girlfriend.
One possibility would be shifting kickoff until Monday night to give Chiefs players and coaches more time to grieve. However, the NFL is reticent to change preset schedules because of the logistics involved in doing so from both a travel and organizational standpoint with stadium and game personnel.
An NFL spokesman told FOXSports.com that two top league executives -- Robert Gulliver (human resources) and Troy Vincent (player engagement) - are mobilizing a crisis management team to help Chiefs employees cope with the situation.
The NFL Players Association has also reached out to the Chiefs.
"We have been in touch with players," NFLPA executive George Atallah wrote on his Twitter account. "At a time like this, we can only come together as a family and as a community."
Kansas City police said that Belcher, a four-year Chiefs player, killed his girlfriend and then headed to Arrowhead Stadium. Belcher, 25, later shot himself in the head in front of several members of the Chiefs organization that included general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel, police said.
The league has a mixed history when it comes to game rescheduling following national tragedies. The NFL played in the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in November 1963, which remains a controversial decision to this day. All games were postponed for one week following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001. The NFL extended the regular season by one week to play the Week 2 slate of games in early January.
In-season deaths of active players are rare. The last one to die during a game was Detroit Lions punter Chuck Hughes in 1971. Hughes went into cardiac arrest late in the fourth quarter of a Lions-Chicago Bears matchup and was taken off the field on a stretcher. Without knowing Hughes' medical condition, Detroit and Chicago finished the game. No future contests were cancelled.
Recent in-season player deaths include Chicago defensive end Gaines Adams (2010), Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Henry (2009) and Washington safety Sean Taylor (2007). All of their respective teams played their next game as scheduled.
The Panthers dealt with an in-season domestic tragedy in 1999 when police filed three murder-related charges against wide receiver Rae Carruth after his pregnant girlfriend was fatally wounded in an act involving multiple accomplices. Carruth is still serving time in prison; the baby survived.
Amidst this, the Panthers played their games as scheduled as well.
A slew of NFL players and franchises made statements through Twitter expressing their condolences. Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali (@TambaHali91) wrote that he was "devastated" by what happened.
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KCTV is reporting a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and killed his girlfriend then drove to the Chiefs practice facility where he committed suicide. Reports from the scene by 610 KCSP said Belcher was confronted by Chiefs coaches in the parking lot as he arrived to the stadium facilities where he turned the gun on himself as the police arrived while...
Former Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said he was "shocked" when he found out that linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend to death and then drove to the team's facility and killed himself. He was one of several who reacted to Saturday's tragedy in Kansas City. "People think, how can a young man with the world in front of him, making good...
Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday.
But Brianne York, 21, said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had gotten back together by Thanksgiving.
When she learned Saturday that Belcher had fatally...
Yesterday was a very sad day in the NFL. Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girl friend and then killed himself at the Chiefs facility. Sadly enough this wasn’t the only tragedy around the league. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, a Browns employee committed suicide by hanging himself in an equipment shed at the team facility yesterday. Our prayers are certainly...
A name has been added to reports of a Chiefs player who reportedly killed his girlfriend and then himself Saturday morning.
Jovan Belcher, 25, shot his girlfriend around 8 a.m. at a house in Kansas City then drove to the team’s practice facility, where he was seen with members of the coaching staff before he shot himself, according several sources who said they have talked with...
People were coming and going Sunday from a house where a day before Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before committing suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
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On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Panthers 27-21. As we all know by now, the game was played under unthinkable circumstances following the horrifying murder/suicide by Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher just one day earlier. As details continue to emerge about the incident, and Belcher’s state of mind leading up to Saturday’s events, our hearts go out to the families of...
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McMillian and Belcher played one year together at the University of Maine. When McMillian was a freshman in 2008, Belcher was a senior.
Following Green Bay's win Sunday, McMillian reflected on...
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Jovan Belcher's arrival at Arrowhead Stadium shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker allegedly killed his girlfriend Saturday morning was predictable, a sports psychologist said. The troubled player was retreating to a familiar haven before taking his own life.
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by John Viril—
I know I write a Kansas City Royals blog, but Jovan Belcher’s tragic suicide today at Arrowhead Stadium cuts beyond any topic limits. I cannot help but think about the place of sports in our society and what role, if any, that his profession might have had in the terrible events that occurred this morning.
I’d like to think that sports had nothing to do with...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. At some point, they had to return to football. They had to think about football.
The Chiefs knew that. This is their job, their passion, their obligation.
The nightmarish events of the previous 24 hours when teammate Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend, then took his own life had to be stored away, and the focus had to return.
Football is simply a game, but...
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