BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The game between the Bills and Bengals that was suspended Monday night after a serious injury to Bills player Damar Hamlin will not resume this week, the NFL announced.
“The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date,” a spokesperson for NFL Communications stated. “The league has not made any changes to the Week 18 regular season schedule.”
The Bills (12-3) are scheduled to play the Patriots (8-8) in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Highmark Stadium. The 24-year-old Hamlin remained in critical condition a day after the Bills said his heart stopped while making a tackle in the opening quarter of a game against the Bengals. Medical staff restored his heartbeat during frantic moments on the field before he was loaded into an ambulance, with teary-eyed players and coaches on both teams having difficulty hiding their emotions.
The Bills tweeted that Hamlin remained in the intensive care unit on Tuesday. “We are grateful and thankful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far,” the team statement read.
Hamlin was hurt while tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins on a seemingly routine play that didn’t appear unusually violent. Hamlin was administered CPR on the field and was joined in the ambulance by his mother before leaving for the hospital.
“The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, and also the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association,” read the NFL’s statement. “After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.