NFL denies postponement of Patriots-Bills game in Week 18, originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The NFL is in unprecedented territory after a terrifying scene occurred in Cincinnati Monday night.
Troy Vincent, executive vice president of NFL football operations, said Wednesday that the Buffalo Bills’ Week 18 game against the New England Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET is still on schedule. said the league had not ruled out the possibility of postponing the game. at a later date.
Vincent said the league hasn’t discussed postponing the Patriots-Bills match, but hopes the team is playing comfortably after Bills safety Dumar Hamlin collapsed on the field during the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Bengals. He suggested that there might be a discussion if he couldn’t because of cardiac arrest.
Players and coaches from both teams were visibly distraught on Monday as Hamlin needed CPR to resuscitate him on the field. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in “critical condition” and was in intensive care as of Wednesday afternoon, but said the bill showed “signs of improvement” Tuesday night.
Both the Patriots and Bills have canceled media trips scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Both teams practiced on Wednesday, but it will obviously be difficult for the Bills to play on Sunday if Hamlin is still in danger.
The NFL has already announced that Monday’s game between the Bills and Bengals will not resume this week and will determine when it will resume.
The NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was postponed Monday night after Bills safety Dumar Hamlin collapsed after being tackled on the field.
All Week 18 games are currently playing as scheduled, but the league appears to be consulting with the Bills and Patriots every day to see if any games will be postponed if they feel players aren’t ready to play. may occur.