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NFL rules Bills-Bengals Week 17 game will not resume

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The NFL will not resume the Bills-Bengals game which was suspended Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field.

“It’s been a very tough week,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday. “We continue to be focused on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition as well as the tremendous outpouring of support and care for Damar and his family across the country.

“We are also extremely grateful for the incredible work of the medical staff and congratulate each of them.”

Doctors said Thursday that Hamlin, 24, was improving significantly and appeared to be neurologically intact. They also added that he moved his hands and feet and responded by shaking his head yes or no.

At the time of Hamlin’s collapse on the field, the Bengals held a 7-3 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night needing a win to retain the AFC’s No. 1 seed. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) currently occupy that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to earn that seed with two more wins and a Chiefs loss. With Cincinnati no longer able to earn that first-round bye, the absence of a Week 17 contest means it clinched the AFC North title against the Ravens (10-6).

The Bills will earn the top seed if they beat the Patriots on Sunday and the Chiefs lose to the Raiders on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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