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NFL won’t resume Bills-Bengals game after Damar Hamlin injury – how will it affect the playoffs?

NFL won’t resume Bills-Bengals game after Damar Hamlin injury – how will it affect the playoffs?

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The NFL has canceled the Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game entirely, which was suspended Monday night after Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field, leading to his hospitalization.

After discussions with both teams and the NFL Players Association, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the news. “It’s been a very difficult week,” Goodell said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter).

He added: “We remain focused on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and are heartened by the improvements in his condition and the tremendous support and concern for Damar and his family from across the country. We are also incredibly grateful for the great work of the medical staff and applaud each and every one of them.”

Hamlin collapsed late in the first quarter during Monday’s game and was revived on the field. He was then taken to a local hospital, where he is in critical condition. On Thursday, January 5, the Bills released a statement saying Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement.”

Goodell vowed that the game’s cancellation would not affect the playoffs and ruled out the possibility of rescheduling the Bills-Bengals game as it would affect the other 14 playoff teams.

“Making the decision before week 18 is in line with our competition principles and allows all clubs to know the play-off possibilities before they play the final weekend of regular-season games,” he continued.

While a team’s record usually determines who has home field advantage, the cancellation of Monday’s game clearly messed up those plans. Because the Bills and Bengals have played one game fewer than the other playoff teams, the NFL is considering holding the AFC Championship Game at a neutral venue.

“When looking at the football plan, our principle was to limit disruption across the league and minimize competitive disparities,” Goodell said. “I realize that there is no perfect solution. However, the proposal we are asking owners to consider addresses the key potential equitable issues raised by the difficult but necessary decision not to play the game in these exceptional circumstances.”

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