Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers will play as scheduled Sunday in the wake of Saturday's tragedy at the Chiefs' training facility.
Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself Saturday morning, minutes after allegedly killing his girlfriend.
There was speculation that Sunday's game might be postponed, at least for a day, after the events of Saturday.
"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," the Chiefs said in a statement.
Crennel, according to police, witnessed Belcher's suicide.
Police on Saturday said Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times after the two had been engaged in an argument at home. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Minutes after the first shooting, police said Belcher drove to the Chiefs' training facility at Arrowhead Stadium and spoke with team personnel, including Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli, before taking his own life with a gunshot.
Belcher was in his fourth year with the Chiefs after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Maine. He started 10 of the 11 games he had played this season and registered 38 tackles.
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