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Chiefs shouldn't be playing Sunday

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Chiefs shouldn't be playing Sunday

Suppose Jovan Belcher had been a Raven. Suppose a member of the team had killed his girlfriend in front of his mother and infant daughter. Suppose that player had then gone to the Ravens complex and shot himself in the head in front of John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome.

Would you still want the Ravens to play the Steelers today?

As of late Saturday night, the NFL was still planning for the Chiefs-Panthers game to go on as scheduled Sunday, despite the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City linebacker Belcher. It’s all still so stunning, it’s hard to know how the Chiefs should react at the game. A moment of silence? But wouldn’t that be honoring a murderer? Make no public display at all?

Can the Chiefs really be in the right frame of mind to play a game so soon? Shouldn’t the NFL at least give them an extra day?

One man’s opinion: Don’t play Sunday. Wait until at least Monday. Better yet, postpone the game. Play it after the last regular-season weekend, before the playoffs start, on a Thursday. Neither team is going to be in the postseason. Take revenue from the game and set up a trust fund for the infant girl who just became an orphan in the most awful way.

It may be a long time or may never know the whys about this tragedy. But, for now, waiting to play just seems like the right thing to do.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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