February 6, 2023

NFL says no decision has yet been made on a potential Bills-Bengals game restart following Damar Hamlin’s collapse

The postponed Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game this weekend will not be made up, but officials said Tuesday it could resume at another time after that. Safety bills Damar Hamlin’s terrifying breakdown.

The main competition between the first-place teams was canceled shortly after 10 p.m. ET on Monday with NFL says game has been ‘postponed’ – Leave the doors ajar for Buffalo and Cincinnati to replay at another time.

The NFL announced Tuesday that the Week 18 games — slated to be the final contests of the regular season — will continue as scheduled.

After speaking with both teams and the NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week.” According to the league statement.

“The NFL has not made a decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date. The league has not made any changes to the regular season schedule for Week 18.”

The league statement means the Bills will host the New England Patriots and the Bengals will welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Cincinnati on Sunday. Billing game It’s set for 1 p.m. ET while the Bengals kick-off time will be set.

Conceivably, the NFL could have played Buffalo and Cincinnati next weekend and started the late-season playoffs a week later. Under this scenario, the NFL could still play the title game on time February 12th in Glendale, AZif he canceled the traditional holiday week before the Super Bowl.

Or the league could still choose to tackle this logistical nightmare by limiting the Bills and Bengals 2022-23 season to 16 games each, while the other 30 NFL teams will play 17 games.

Monday’s Bills-Bengals game had significant playoff implications.

Buffalo is seeking to be the top seed in the conference, which holds a crucial bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Bengals still had an outside chance at No. 1 and could have shut out the AFC North had they beat the Bills on Monday night.

The Bengals took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter when quarterback Joe Burrow completed a 13-yard pass to Tee Higgins, which was tackled by Hamlin.

The play appeared routine as Hamlin quickly got up and briefly grabbed or straightened his face mask before stepping back.

Doha Madani And the Jason Abruzzi Contributed.