NFL decides Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed

(Update: 9:21 p.m.): The NFL has officially canceled Bills vs. Bengals.

The league is set to have a meeting on Friday to determine how playoff seeding will function moving forward.

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The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals contest from Week 17 will not be resumed.

That, in light of the ongoing hospitalization of Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

According to the Associated Press, the NFL is going to call the game off.

Here is the full report:

The NFL will not resume the Bills-Bengals game that was suspended Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the league is still figuring out how to determine playoff seedings and scheduling. The NFL Players Association must approve changes.

The Bills-Bengals game had major playoff implications.

Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night needing a win to maintain the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) currently hold that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to earn that top seed with two more wins and a loss by the Chiefs.

In the latest update, it is important to note that there is no answer as to how the league plans to exactly figure out postseason seeding in the AFC as of now. That is likely the next update to follow.

Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during the first quarter of the contest on Monday. He had been administered CPR and eventually made it to the hospital, where he remains.

The 24-year-old has taken slightly positive steps in recent days, however, he’s still in critical condition.

The league originally postponed the Bills-Bengals game on Monday and later announced it would not be resumed this week. Now it won’t be re-played at all.

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Story originally appeared on Bills Wire