It seems that the government shutdown is now affecting the NFL.
Last week we reported on 49ers safety Donte Whitner wanting to change his last name to “Hitner.” Adam Schefter is reporting that Whitner filed the paperwork, but will have to wait for it to be processed because of the government shutdown.
Paperwork for 49ers S Donte Whitner to change name to "Hitner" cannot be processed due to government shutdown. Hitner shut down for now.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 6, 2013