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December 01, 2012

Panthers-Chiefs game to be played as scheduled, Stewart doesn't make trip

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday afternoon that Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers will be played as scheduled following a murder-suicide involving a player.

“After discussions between the league office, Head Coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play tomorrow’s game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time,” read a statement on the team's official website.

Linebacker Jovan Belcher is reported to have killed his girlfriend Saturday morning before driving to the Chiefs' facilities and killing himself. Reports state that Crennel and team general manager Scott Pioli were in vincinity when Belcher shot himself.


"The Carolina Panthers are very saddened by the tragic events that have transpired today and send their thoughts and prayers to the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization and to the family of the victim at this most difficult time," read a statement issued by the team.


Earlier Saturday the Panthers were advised by the league to travel to Kansas City as planned. The team reached Kansas City within the past hour. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Also, starting running back Jonathan Stewart did not make the trip with the team. He suffered a high ankle sprain on his left ankle and did not practice all week. As expected, DeAngelo Williams will get the start on Sunday.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on December 1, 2012 at 03:59 PM | Permalink