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I understand that argument, but I also believe it’s a lot easier to make when there’s no connection with the victim. Belcher barely made an impact among Chiefs fans. Taylor, a star in Washington and at the University of Miami before that, was on the cusp of national prominence as a dominant free safety. But the Redskins and the league had nearly a whole week to digest his untimely death.

Playing in the immediate aftermath of Belcher’s murder-suicide just seems insensitive, which figures. Despite any protestations the NFL might offer in defense, it largely views him as insignificant.