It was just a few months ago - also known as forever in NFL time - that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.
The apparent murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is one of a series of untimely deaths for current or former NFL players in recent years:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) One day after the shocking murder-suicide involving linebacker Jovan Belcher, the Kansas Chiefs played their finest game of the season and beat Carolina 27-21.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Jaguars are running out of running backs.
And the Buffalo Bills offense is suddenly banged up, too, following a 34-18 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.