The postponed Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals sport is not going to be resumed and has been canceled, the NFL introduced Thursday night.
The sport was postponed after Payments security Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after making a sort out on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin needed to be resuscitated on the sector and stays within the hospital, the place his standing has improved since receiving one hundred pc of oxygen from a ventilator.
“This has been a really troublesome week,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in an announcement. “We proceed to concentrate on the restoration of Damar Hamlin and are inspired by the enhancements in his situation in addition to the super outpouring of help and take care of Damar and his household from throughout the nation. We’re additionally extremely appreciative of the wonderful work of the medical personnel and commend every certainly one of them.”
The NFL mentioned that resuming the sport would have resulted in suspending the playoffs, which might have an effect on all 14 groups to qualify. The sport additionally has no bearing on playoff qualification — solely potential seeding.
The league additionally mentioned that “making the choice previous to Week 18 is in step with our aggressive rules and allows all golf equipment to know the playoff prospects previous to taking part in the ultimate weekend of standard season video games.”
With the announcement of the sport’s cancellation, the league acknowledged that every one golf equipment will maintain a particular assembly Friday concerning the opportunity of a impartial web site AFC Championship Recreation. If Buffalo or Cincinnati had been on the highway in opposition to crew that performed 17 video games, the NFL introduced the next circumstances:
Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each win or each tie – a Buffalo vs. Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.
Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Baltimore wins or ties – a Buffalo vs. Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.
Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis each lose and Cincinnati wins – a Buffalo or Cincinnati vs. Kansas Metropolis championship sport can be at a impartial web site.
Nevertheless, if the Baltimore Ravens beat the Bengals this weekend, it should have defeated Cincinnati, a divisional opponent, twice however will be unable to host a playoff sport as a result of Cincinnati could have a better profitable proportion for a 16-game schedule than Baltimore will for a 17-game schedule. Because of this the Bengals have clinched the AFC North.
However based on the NFL, “if Baltimore defeats Cincinnati and if these two golf equipment are scheduled to play a Wild Card sport in opposition to each other, the positioning for that sport can be decided by a coin toss. If Cincinnati wins the Week 18 sport or if Baltimore and Cincinnati should not scheduled to play each other within the Wild Card spherical, the sport websites can be decided by the common scheduling procedures.”
“As we thought of the soccer schedule, our rules have been to restrict disruption throughout the league and decrease aggressive inequities,” Goodell mentioned. “I acknowledge that there isn’t any good answer. The proposal we’re asking the possession to contemplate, nonetheless, addresses probably the most vital potential equitable points created by the troublesome, however crucial, choice to not play the sport underneath these extraordinary circumstances.”
The Payments will clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win and a Kansas Metropolis Chiefs loss to the Las Vegas Raiders – Buffalo can be 13-3, whereas Kansas Metropolis can be 13-4, so the Chiefs’ profitable proportion can be a tick decrease.
Hamlin has responded to doctors’ orders and even requested docs by way of writing who received Monday night time’s sport.