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Kansas City Chiefs: Too Much Trauma to Play Sunday Against Carolina Panthers

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Dean SiemonAnalyst IIDecember 1, 2012

Football is just a game and sometimes, we need to be reminded of that.

Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before driving to the team facility. He thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel before taking his life in the parking lot.

While the Chiefs are still scheduled to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, it doesn’t seem like the right call.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Belcher confronted Kasandra Perkins after she returned from a concert at 1 a.m.

The report also says that the couple had argued frequently in their three-year relationship.

Maybe this led to the murder-suicide, but who knows what went through Belcher’s mind. We may never know.

As for Sunday's game, it might be hard for Belcher 's teammates to keep their mind on a game when they lost one of their own.

Then you have to worry about Crennel, who was one of the team employees talking to Belcher in the parking lot. His heart must be one of the heaviest at Arrowhead right now.

There have been a number of stories of NFL players who move on quickly after a tragic loss. This season, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith played in a game shortly after his brother’s death in a motorcycle accident.

But it can take months to recover from attempting to stop another’s suicide attempt.

Can the team rally and concentrate on Sunday's game? How can anyone in this situation?

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