Cincinnati Bengals Veteran running back Joe Mixon is apparently not a fan of the NFL’s solution to Monday night’s canceled game against the Buffalo Bills, which was initially called off after second-year safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after collapsing. in the countryside.
The league made the announcement on Thursday night citing several factors, including that the teams that qualified for the postseason would not have been affected by the outcome of the game, but rescheduling would cause the playoffs to be postponed by a week.
“This has been a very difficult week,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
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“We continue to focus on Damar Hamlin’s recovery and we are heartened by the improvements in her condition, as well as the enormous amount of support and care for Damar and her family from across the country. We are also incredibly grateful for the incredible work of the medical staff and congratulate each and every one of them.”
While Mixon has been among the many players who celebrated the positive update on Hamlin’s health on Thursday, he was apparently upset with the NFL’s handling of their Week 17 matchup.
“So we no longer play by the rules,” Mixon wrote on Twitter with a screenshot of the NFL’s rule book about its policy for canceled games.
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“If a game is cancelled, a team’s position in its division or conference (for example, playoff wild card seed or playoff seeding position) will be determined based on its final record.” , sets the rule.
the nfl He acknowledged that the canceled game creates “potential competitive inequalities in certain playoff scenarios,” which may be what Mixon is referring to in his tweet.
The Bills-Bengals game had major playoff implications for the AFC. Buffalo (12-3) entered Monday night needing a win to retain the AFC’s top seed. The Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) now occupies that spot. The Bengals (11-4) had a chance to earn that top seed with two more wins and a Chiefs loss.
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The NFL will hold a Special League Meeting on Friday to determine several different scenarios that may result in the AFC Championship Game being played at a neutral site.
They will also discuss the use of a coin toss to determine the site for a possible wild card game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Bengals should Baltimore defeat Cincinnati this weekend and meet in the playoffs.
This means that despite being named AFC North champions as a result of the canceled game, the Bengals are not guaranteed to host a home playoff game in the wild card round.
Associated Press contributed to this report.