Bills-Bengals Game Will Not Resume This Week As Damar Hamlin Remains In Critical Condition

The NFL introduced Tuesday that the sport between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, which was paused after Bills security Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sector throughout Monday evening’s sport, is not going to reconvene this week.

The announcement got here shortly after the Bills confirmed that Hamlin, 24, stays sedated and in essential situation on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart’s intensive care unit.

Buffalo Bills gamers and workers kneel collectively in solidarity after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sector throughout a cardiac arrest.

Kevin Sabitus through Getty Photographs

“NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week,” the league stated in a press release. “The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.”

It’s uncommon for the NFL to postpone a sport ― a choice that displays the severity of Hamlin’s state of affairs.

The Bills security, who’s performed in each sport this season, collapsed onto his again in the course of the first quarter of Monday’s sport in Cincinnati moments after getting up from a deal with. Group trainers started treating him inside seconds, and an ambulance arrived on the sector in lower than 5 minutes. His crew later confirmed that he’d suffered cardiac arrest however that medics had been capable of restore his heartbeat earlier than transferring him to the hospital.

Hamlin seen during a Dec. 1 game against the New England Patriots.
Hamlin seen throughout a Dec. 1 sport towards the New England Patriots.

The incident prompted a robust emotional response from gamers, who had been seen overtly crying, kneeling and embracing one another after witnessing Hamlin’s collapse. Out of respect for Hamlin and to provide gamers day without work in gentle of the incident, some groups, together with the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts, introduced they had been canceling their Tuesday media availability.

Bengals proprietor Mike Brown stated Tuesday that his crew is sending “thoughts and prayers” to Hamlin and his household and praised the displaying of assist he’s witnessed throughout the league.

“Last night was supposed to be a great night for the NFL and a great showcase for our hometown. Instead, the human side of our sport became paramount … and in that moment, humanity and love rose to the forefront,” he stated.