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Irwin20

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In the wake of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s (Pitt/Pittsburgh Central Catholic) cardiac arrest on “Monday Night Football,” football fans are still waiting to hear from those involved about how the events were handled by the NFL.
Thus far, Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals players and coaches haven’t commented. The league has taken heavy criticism from fans for attempting to restart the game after Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance. At one point, the “Monday Night Football” broadcast announced the game was going to restart after a five-minute warmup period. That didn’t happen following a conversation between the coaches and on-field officials. The field was then cleared of personnel.
The NFL denied such a directive was given. But, via the New York Post, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and ESPN itself pushed back on that NFL statement, claiming they were only passing along information they were given by the league.
Bills sideline reporter Sal Capaccio was on the field when Hamlin collapsed after tackling Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins. He joined me on 105.9 The X Tuesday and said he never heard such an order passed along to players on the field and never got wind of the players being told to be prepared for a resumption of play.

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Rather, Capaccio advanced the idea that the players just acted like the game would resume out of, essentially, a force of habit because they hadn’t been told anything to the contrary.
“I do not recall any referee or anyone else making an announcement of a five-minute warmup period. That could’ve happened. But I don’t remember hearing it at all,” Capaccio said. “But I will tell you Bills players were getting ready to play.”
The ESPN cameras did show a shot of Bills receiver Stefon Diggs trying to fire up the team and get them refocused on the game. And Capaccio said that he did see 11 Buffalo defensive players go back on the field in advance of what they assumed would be the next snap.
“They went out there. They were ready to play,” Capaccio said. “I don’t know if they did that because someone told them to be ready. I don’t know if they got that message from somewhere.”
It’s Capaccio’s belief that, essentially, the Bills players took the field almost out of a sense of protocol.
“My guess is, I think they are just conditioned to do that … There’s a tough injury. You have an ambulance that goes off. What do you do? You get ready. You play,” Capaccio said. “You continue playing. We’ve never seen the game not continue … I think they did that because that’s what you do. But I kept thinking to myself, ‘How are they going to do this?’”
The presumption that has been made is that the league tried to make the game resume and the coaches stopped that from happening because they thought the players were too distraught.
“I think that’s the word ‘presumption,’” Capaccio said. “It’s very possible the officials all kind of agreed. Maybe they all came to that conclusion.”
Eventually the field was cleared. During that time, video emerged of both coaches and NFL personnel huddling with a cell phone, presumably with NFL officials. Capaccio said that media members on the field were all kept to a certain area in the tunnels of the stadium and were at one point told not to shoot any video of the locker rooms.
But video did get out of Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor, huddling with NFL executives and speaking with someone via a cell phone — presumably league officers in New York.
The game was delayed roughly 25 minutes after the ambulance left the field before being postponed. On Monday, the NFL announced that Week 18 games will be played as scheduled. But there are no plans as of yet to resume or restart the Bengals-Bills game.
That contest has significant playoff implications. Not just for those two teams, but every AFC team still in the playoff hunt — including the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Along with winning their own game on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers need the Bills to beat the New England Patriots this Sunday, and they need the New York Jets to beat the Miami Dolphins.
Should that happen, the Steelers would be the seventh seed and may end up playing in Buffalo depending on how the NFL handles the Week 17 postponement.








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Irwin20

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Sorry for all the unnecessary BS I couldn’t edit it out for some reason. Essentially the Bills reported says the Bills were getting prepared to resume the game. Not sure how that was possible.
 

wolves82

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That lines up with what I saw. When Joe Buck was talking about "5 minutes" I saw guys on both teams limbering up, Burrow throwing some passes, etc. If what the NFL is claiming is true, then certainly the communication to the teams was terrible.

More likely, someone at the NFL told the teams to get ready to resume. As the players were warming up, I saw Taylor go to McDermott and talk. Just guessing, but I suspect McDermott was not wanting to send his guys out to play, and Taylor probably said he would side with him. Together it seems they stopped the game, and good on them for doing so. Proper decision.
 

14Red

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My guess is it may have been a little of two scenarios. There was probably some who was ready to continue play - they will not admit it because of the blue check folks, but there is a mentality that the "show must go on". Then we had some who probably said hey, I can't do this. So instead of the players holding a vote on the field, they go to the locker room to buy some time, clear heads, etc. At that point the captains (and likely the teams union rep) and coaches took a measure to see where guys heads were at. At that point, I'd say unless you had and overwhelmingly feeling that everyone was on board to play, then just postpone the game. I really feel if the players wanted to play after some time, they would have resumed the game. We see weather delays in games all the time.

At that point the feeling was so strong for the Bills to not play that they jumped on the plane to go home, at that point the league probably lost hope to get the game in this week. I thought they could have played Tuesday night, Wednesday night, then move the Sunday games too Monday for the teams affected. In hindsight, they probably should have done that, however, the league - fearing major pushback from the blue checkers, stood pat and didn't make any decisions.
 

14Red

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And it's isn't it funny that on Tuesday there was this somber mood, football doesn't matter, etc. Yet just a few days later, now that Hamlin appears to be ok, the NFL announces it's plans for the playoffs and it could negatively affect the Bengals and they are up in arms about it???

Guess all that goodwill is gone, eh?
 

Indiandad

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And it's isn't it funny that on Tuesday there was this somber mood, football doesn't matter, etc. Yet just a few days later, now that Hamlin appears to be ok, the NFL announces it's plans for the playoffs and it could negatively affect the Bengals and they are up in arms about it???

Guess all that goodwill is gone, eh?
Nah, the goodwill towards Hamlin is still there and yes, the Bengals got the shaft.

Both are true.
 
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