Thankfully common sense and humility prevailed last night in the wake of the horrific incident that occurred during the first quarter of the Bills-Bengals game in Cincinnati when Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and required nearly 10 minutes of CPR and AED treatment before being transported to a local hospital. Both head coaches decided not to play the rest of the game, and the NFL suspended the game for the remainder of the night.
The NFL has released a statement this afternoon saying they will not resume that game this week after speaking with NFLPA leadership today:
The statement further explains that the league has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date and that no changes have been made to the Week 18 NFL schedule at this point.
Bravo, NFL, and NFLPA leadership, for making the right decision here.
The game carried a bevy of potential playoff implications, but none of that matters now, so suspending this one indefinitely is the right call. The NFL will figure out how to handle the football side of the game being played eventually, or not at all, either way. But a strong statement today was made that this is about more than football by making it clear that the game is in no way more important than the health of Damar Hamlin right now.