The NFL says that the Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game was suspended Monday night after Bills player Damar Hamlin’s hospitalization was canceled altogether.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said they were urged not to attempt to finish the game after speaking with both teams and the NFL Players Association.
“This has been a very difficult week,” Goodell said in a statement. “We continue to focus on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition and the immense support and care given to Damar and his family from across the country. . We also greatly appreciate the wonderful work of the medical staff and commend each and every one of them.”
Hamlin is showing “significant improvement,” Bills and paramedics said Thursday.
Hamlin collapsed on the pitch during a Monday Night Football game during the first quarter, and after CPR was performed on the field, he was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. critical condition.
The League notes that the outcome of the game will not affect which team performs after the season but will require a one-week post-season delay and affect which team is likely to host the Championship Game. opponent AFC.
And so, with the big change to the league’s schedule, Goodell also said that the NFL would consider holding the AFC Championship Match at a neutral venue, depending on which team goes as far as to go. that level.
On Friday, a special federation meeting will discuss and vote to approve various scenarios, some of which will see the Championship play out at a neutral venue and those that will see the Championship play out. Others may see the match played out according to standard scheduling protocols.
“As we look at the football schedule, our principles are to limit disruptions across the league and minimize inequalities in competition,” Goodell added. “I realized that there is no perfect solution. However, the proposal that we are asking ownership to consider addresses the most significant potential equity issues created by the difficult but necessary decision not to play the game under exceptional circumstances. this.”