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NFL offers counseling to Chiefs after Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The NFL has released a statement saying it will offer counseling to Chiefs personnel in the wake of the death of linebacker Jovan Belcher, who committed suicide at the team’s facility on Saturday morning shortly after killing his girlfriend.

In a statement released by the league’s public relations department, the NFL acknowledged the tragedy and said the league office was committed to supporting those affected by it.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chiefs and the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy,” the statement said. “We have connected the Chiefs with our national team of professional counselors to support both the team and the families of those affected. We will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can.”

The NFL has said nothing officially about whether it will postpone Sunday’s scheduled game between the Panthers and Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. But the Panthers are making their planned trip to Kansas City, and indications at this time are that the game will go on.