NFL Notebook: Autopsy shows Chiefs LB drunk at time of murder-suicide
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
1/15/13 at 3:31 AM
An autopsy shows that Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was legally drunk when he shot his girlfriend nine times and then killed himself.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner released the results of autopsies performed on Belcher and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, following their deaths on Dec. 1.
Police say Belcher killed Perkins at the couple's Kansas City home, then drove to the team's practice site and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
The autopsy report released Monday says Perkins was shot in the neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg and hand. Belcher's blood-alcohol level was 0.17, and was likely higher at the time of the shooting. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Chiefs introduce Dorsey as new GM: The Kansas City Chiefs introduced longtime Packers executive John Dorsey as their new general manager Monday, turning over a team that was 2-14 to one of the men responsible for building Green Bay into a consistent winner.
Dorsey moves into the front office after the firing of Scott Pioli, who helped the Chiefs achieve one winning record in four tumultuous seasons. He will have final say over all personnel decisions, including the draft, and will report to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.
Dorsey played for the Packers and later was a scout and director of scouting while new Chiefs coach Andy Reid was an assistant in Green Bay. Dorsey left to spend a year in Seattle, but returned to the Packers and rose to director of football operations.
Pats TE Gronkowski reportedly has surgery on arm: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the operation told the Associated Press.
Gronkowski suffered the season-ending injury Sunday when he caught a pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter and landed out of bounds on the arm for an incompletion in New England's 41-28 playoff win over the Houston Texans.
Gronkowski had earlier surgery after breaking his left forearm on Nov. 18 in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Broncos' Fox stands by decision: John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.
Given the ball at his 20 with 31 seconds, two timeouts and one of the best quarterbacks in the game, the Broncos coach decided to run out the clock and head to overtime.
Result: Baltimore 38, Denver 35. End of season in Broncoland.
Fox said he felt good about the decision when he made it Saturday, toward the end of one of the most disheartening losses in the franchise's history. After hashing it over during the last two sleepless nights, he stood by his decision.
"I'd do it again 10 times if it presented itself in that situation," he said Monday at Denver's season-ending news conference.
Dolphins planning $400M in upgrades: The Miami Dolphins are unveiling a plan to modernize Sun Life Stadium, and say they are willing to cover the majority of the estimated $400 million cost.
The Dolphins' hope is to keep the stadium an attractive destination for major events like Super Bowls and college football's championship games. They plan to add new seats closer to the field, improved amenities and a canopy roof.
Panthers reportedly interview Jackson, Shurmur: A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson Monday for their vacant offensive coordinator position.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The Panthers are looking to replace Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns last week.
Ironically, Chudzinski replaced Shurmur, who was fired after two seasons with the Browns. Shurmur previously served as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams and has 23 years of coaching experience, including 12 in the NFL.
Jackson, currently an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, also has head coaching experience. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for one season.
Houston 19, Cincinnati 13
Green Bay 24, Minnesota 10
Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 9
Seattle 24, Washington 14
Baltimore 38, Denver 35, 2OT
San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31
Atlanta 30, Seattle 28
New England 41, Houston 28
NFC: San Francisco at Atlanta, 2 p.m. (KOKI-5/23, KYAL-97.1)
AFC: Baltimore at New England, 5:30 p.m. (KOTV-6, KYAL-1550)
At New Orleans
AFC champ vs. NFC champ, 5 p.m. (KOTV-6, KYAL-97.1)