The NFL will not resume the match between the Bills and the Bengals which was suspended Monday night after Damar Hamlina Buffalo safety, suffered a cardiac arrest on the field, two people familiar with the decision said.
The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league is still looking for a way to determine the playoff seed placement and what adjustments you will make to the calendar.
The Players Union NFL You must approve the changes.
The doctors believe that Hamlin has shown “remarkable” improvement over the past 24 hours, the Bills on Thursday, three days after the 24-year-old was given CPR on the field.
The meeting between Buffalo and Cincinnati had relevant implications for the postseason.
Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday’s game needing a win to retain first place in the AFC.
The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) now hold that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to climb to the top if they won their last two games and if the Chiefs lost.
The league contemplates several scenarios. A decision is expected no later than this Friday.
Seeded players could be defined by their average. In that case, the Chiefs would remain in first place if they beat the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday.
- Buffalo lost a memorable overtime game to Kansas City last year in the divisional round of the playoffs. They prevailed 24-20 in their October visit to Kansas City, to take advantage in the tiebreaker.
First place in the AL guarantees a bye in the first round of the playoffs and home-field advantage.
One of the possibilities contemplated would be to add an eighth-ranked team in each conference, and give the top two bye in the first week.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) are among the teams who would benefit from that extra playoff berth. They must beat Cleveland on Sunday and expect losses by Miami and New England to secure a berth that seemed impossible after starting the season with a 2-6 record.
The addition of an eighth seed in the postseason would give Pittsburgh a better chance of advancing to the playoffs for the third straight year.
“That works for us,” Steelers inside linebacker Myles Jack said. “It would be nice to have another chance to get there and increase our chances. I’m all for it. It’s up to them. It would be nice.”