(Sporting Alert) — The Kansas City Chiefs will be determined to stay focused on Sunday’s NFL game against the Carolina Panthers, following the tragic death of one of the club’s players.
Preparation for Chiefs’ clash was severely interrupted on Saturday after the team’s starting linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to the team’s training facility and killed himself in front of the coach and general manager.
The NFL and its supporters were left stunned by the news on Saturday and many had called for league to league to call off the game.
However, the Chiefs that they have no problem facing the Panthers in the midst of their down time.
“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,” a statement from the club read on Saturday.
Kansas City Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt added in another statement:”The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy.
“We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted.”
Kansas City are 1-10 on the season and face fellow league strugglers Carolina, who are 3-8.
Elsewhere on Sunday, another season strugglers Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) will meet Buffalo Bills (4-7) at Ralph Wilson Stadium, while the battle between Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, both 3-8 on the season, take place at O.co Coliseum.
Also on the schedule, the Dallas Cowboys target another in at Cowboys Stadium when they take on the struggling Philadelphia Eagles, with Houston Texans (10-1) travel to LP Field to face Tennessee Titans (4-7).
NFL SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Dec. 2
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams, 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. EST (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. EST (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. EST (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m. EST (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. EST (NBC)
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