Thursday, February 2, 2023

NFL: Bills-Bengals will not resume this week

The game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals that was suspended Monday because of Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest will not resume this week, the NFL said.

The league also indicated Tuesday that the schedule for Week 18 of the season would remain unchanged.

The NFL has not made a decision on whether to restart the crucial game between the Bills and Bengals at a later date.

The game was suspended in the first quarter when Bills safety Hamlin suffered a concussion that left him hospitalized in critical condition.

The 24-year-old Hamlin collapsed after tripping an opponent in the first quarter of a game against the Bengals. Through maneuvers performed on the pitch, medical personnel managed to get the athlete’s heart beating again.

Chilling moments were experienced before the player was placed in an ambulance. Several players from both teams wept and prayed in front of TV cameras that were broadcast across the country.

“Damar suffered a heart attack and was resuscitated by club doctors and independent health workers who were on site. All of them are highly trained to implement plans in cases of medical emergencies,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter sent to all teams and obtained by The Associated Press.

“Dummer was successfully stabilized and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a world-class trauma hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit.”

Goodell told the teams that any changes to this weekend’s schedule would be notified shortly. The Bills-Bengals matchup had major implications for the playoffs.

Both teams are fighting for the top spot in the American Conference. The Bills (12-3) entered the matchup in the spot of honor.

Cincinnati (11-4) had a chance to clinch the North Division title with a win. Also in the battle for the top of the American League was Kansas City (13–3).

The Bengals led 7–3 in the first quarter when play was suspended. The NFL playoffs are scheduled to begin on January 14.

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Associated Press Writer John Wawro contributed to this report.

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