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Chiefs team captains played a role in deciding to play

Kansas City's six team captains were consulted before the decision was made to play the game.

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The decision to play Sunday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers was made after a number of conversations between the Chiefs, the NFL and the NFLPA. The Chiefs statement confirming the game would be played said team captains were brought in before making the decision.

USA Today has a few more new details on that:

Two people with knowledge of the decision to play the game as scheduled told USA TODAY Sports that there were no dissenting voices. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt discussed the issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, and Goodell in turn talked with players union chief DeMaurice Smith.

After meeting with his entire team at Arrowhead Stadium, Crennel met with the six team captains -- Matt Cassell, Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Ryan Lilja, Terrance Copper and Dustin Colquitt. The captains agreed that the game should be played. The team was slated to reconvene on Saturday evening at a local hotel, as it is customary for the team to stay sequestered on the night before games.

It seems they went about this the right way. Reps from the players and coaches were involved in the decision, which is the way it should be.

Then again, there's no way Sunday will feel like a good day.

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