The NFL has confirmed that the suspended Monday night football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals will not take place this week. The game was called off in the first quarter when Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after being hit in the chest while trying to block Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.
The NFL released a statement that read:
“The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, the Bills and Bengals organization, and the NFL Players Association.”
The league also confirmed they haven’t decided whether the game will be played at a later date:
“After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the club today that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week. The NFL has not yet made a decision on the possible resumption of play at a later date .”
Will NFL Week 18 play continue?
While the future of the Bills and Bengals’ suspended games remains up in the air, the league has confirmed that Week 18 will go ahead as scheduled. The statement is as follows:
“The league has not made any changes to the regular season schedule for Week 18. We will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.”
NFL Week 18 kicks off on Saturday with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Las Vegas Raiders, followed by an AFC South title game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
The Bills and Bengals are scheduled to begin their operations Sunday. Buffalo hosts the New England Patriots, while the Baltimore Ravens visit Cincinnati. The final game of the NFL’s 2022-23 season was supposed to be an NFC North Division game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. However, this is likely an unfinished game for the Bills and Bengals.