Patriots announce media availabilities will be canceled for Tuesday

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Patriots announce media availabilities will be canceled for Tuesday originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The NFL is still trying to process the harrowing scene that unfolded Monday night. During the Bills' and Bengals' Week 17 matchup, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and was escorted off the field in critical condition after a tackle. The game was postponed and both teams paused in support for the 24-year-old’s recovery, including fans who orchestrated a vigil overnight.

As a result, the league’s typical activities took a beat. Several NFL teams have announced they will be canceling parts of their schedule while the situation continues to play out. At the moment, Hamlin remains at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition.

Two teams in particular – the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles – have canceled media opportunities amid the tragedy. Both teams announced that any Tuesday media availabilities with assistant coaches will be canceled or postponed until further notice.

Other NFL teams will most likely follow the trend and cancel their usual media availabilities for the week. 

The next decision teams must make is whether they will commence Week 18 practices, considering most of this week’s games are slated for Sunday. There are also two games scheduled for Saturday and usually this would point to light practices on Tuesdays. 

With heavy hearts, teams remain conflicted.