The Bills-Bengals game will not continue after Damar Hamlin suffered a heart attack, the NFL has announced

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The postponed Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game will not go ahead and has been canceled, the NFL announced Thursday evening.

The game was delayed after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin required resuscitation on the field and remains hospitalized, improving 100 percent since being on a ventilator.

“It’s been a very difficult week,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We continue to focus on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and are encouraged by the improvement in his condition, as well as the outpouring of support and concern for Damar and his family across the country. We are also very grateful for the excellent work of the medical staff and congratulate each and every one of them.”

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A view of Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on October 30, 2022.
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The NFL said restarting the game would delay the playoffs, affecting all 14 teams. The game doesn’t even have anything to do with making the playoffs – just the potential standings.

The league also said that “making a decision before Week 18 is consistent with our competitive principles and allows all clubs to know their playoff possibilities before playing the final weekend of regular-season games.”

With the announcement of the suspension, the league said all clubs would hold a special meeting regarding the possibility of playing the AFC Championship Game at a neutral site. If two participating teams play a tied game (i.e., Buffalo or Cincinnati play against a host team that has played 17 games), the NFL has announced the following situations:

Scenario 1

Buffalo and Kansas City both win or tie – The championship game between Buffalo and Kansas City will be played at a neutral site.

Scenario 2

Buffalo vs. Kansas City Loses and Baltimore Wins or Ties – The championship between Buffalo and Kansas City will be played at a neutral site.

Scenario 3

Both Buffalo and Kansas City Lose, Cincinnati Wins – Buffalo or Cincinnati vs. Kansas City championship game is played at a neutral site.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
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DAMAR HAMLIN woke up and asked about the results of the Bills game, doctors said.

However, if the Baltimore Ravens beat the Bengals this weekend, they will have beaten divisional rival Cincinnati twice, but will miss out on a playoff appearance because Cincinnati will have the highest winning percentage in the 16-year schedule. games than Baltimore. A schedule of 17 matches.

According to the NFL, “If Baltimore beats Cincinnati and these two clubs play a Wild Card game against each other, the location of that game will be determined by a coin toss. If Cincinnati wins a Week 18 game or if Baltimore and Cincinnati are not scheduled to meet in the Wild Card round, the seedings will be determined through normal scheduling procedures.

“When we looked at the football schedule, our principles were to limit disruption in the league and reduce competitive disparities,” Goodell said. “I understand that there is no perfect solution. The proposal we are asking the owner to consider addresses the most significant potential fair issues raised by the difficult but necessary decision not to play the game in these extreme circumstances.”

Fans gathered to support Damar Hamlin at the UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday.  Damar Hamlin was hospitalized after collapsing during a football game on Monday.

Fans gathered to support Damar Hamlin at the UC Medical Center in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Damar Hamlin was hospitalized after collapsing during a football game on Monday.
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Hamlin responded to doctors’ orders and even asked the doctors in writing who won Monday night’s game.

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