Troy Vincent doesn’t rule out postponing Patriots-Bills game

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The NFL has yet to decide if, or when, the Week 17 game between the Bills and the Bengals will resume. There is another dilemma potentially looming for the league.

During a Wednesday afternoon conference call regarding Damar Hamlin’s situation, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent did not rule out the possibility of postponing the Week 18 game between the Patriots and the Bills, if Bills players and coaches are not prepared to proceed.

“We haven’t had that discussion,” Vincent said of the possibility of rescheduling the Buffalo game. “It’s really important that we keep the pulse of the coach and the players, and that we don’t worry about that. And we will allow Sean [McDermott] and his team, his staff and his players, who are the most important thing here, to guide that, if we have to make that decision collectively with the club.

On the one hand, it would be very hard to imagine the Bills not playing in week 18, when they will probably never complete their game in week 17. On the other hand, it is impossible to expect Bills players and coaches to keep going, if they’re not ready to play.

Really, who would expect them to? They experienced a trauma that may not heal to the point of being able to reassemble properly and play football again just six days later. If they can process their feelings and act properly and safely, that’s fine. If they can’t, that’s a decision someone will have to make at the appropriate time.

Time remains the key word. As Steve Miller said, time continues to slide, slide, slide into the future. At some point, time decides for you.

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