The NFL has decided not to resume the postponed Bills vs. Bengals game following Damar Hamlin’s frightening on-field cardiac arrest, according to the Associated Press.
The question now becomes what to do about the playoff seeding, which the league is still trying to figure out, according to the AP. Buffalo and Cincinnati were the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, in the AFC heading into Monday night’s game. With no result, the situation gets a bit murky.
The league has floated a number of possibilities on how to handle the schedule inequity. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on a wacky possibility on “First Take” Thursday in which the No. 1 seed would get a choice between a first-round bye or home field advantage throughout the playoffs, with the second seed getting the other option. Schefter said the league was considering the proposal.
Schefter also suggested that the AFC Championship game could be played at a neutral site, to eliminate any home field advantage whatsoever.
Pro Football Talk even suggested that the league could add an eighth AFC playoff team to get rid of the bye entirely, though that could be pure speculation.
Either way, the league now knows what they are dealing with as they comb through the aftermath of Monday’s scary scene.
Hamlin has started to recover and is awake, doctors told reporters in a Thursday press conference, though he is still in the ICU and breathing through a ventilator.