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Damar Hamlin: NFL VP insists there were no talks about resuming Bills-Bengals game

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Damar Hamlin: NFL VP insists there were no talks about resuming Bills-Bengals game

NFL denies ‘ridiculous’ and ‘insensitive’ reports they plan to RESUME Bills-Bengals game after Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on field… while vice-president insists NO A ‘five minute preparation’ conversation ensued.

The NFL has made it clear that no talks have been held about Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals stars warming up to resume play after Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 24-year-old was given CPR on the field after collapsing following a tackle on Bengals’ Tee Higgins. Emotional teammates surrounded him and publicly defended him before he was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The game was suspended while he received emergency treatment on the field and the NFL denied reports that there were discussions about restarting the Monday Night Football matchup.

The NFL has clarified that no talks have been held about Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals stars warming up to resume play after Damar Hamlin collapsed and went to the hospital

The NFL has clarified that no talks have been held about Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals stars warming up to resume play after Damar Hamlin collapsed and went to the hospital

ESPN reported on the MNF broadcast that the league initially told players they were being given five minutes to warm up before resuming play amid stressful scenes.

‘I’m not sure where that came from,’ NFL Executive Vice President of football operations Troy Vincent said in a media conference call Tuesday morning.

‘Honestly, there is no time for the players to warm up.

‘Honestly, that’s the only thing we’ve ever asked [referee] Shawn [Smith] talk to both head coaches to make sure they have the right amount of time in the locker room to discuss what they think is best.

‘So I’m not sure where that came from. A five-minute warmup never crossed my mind, personally.

‘And I was the one… that was communicating with the Commissioner. We didn’t, to be honest, it didn’t occur to us to talk about warming up to continue playing. that’s ridiculous. That’s insensitive. And that’s not a place we should go.’

ESPN reporter Joe Buck said multiple times teams were given five minutes to prepare while Hamlin was attended to by medical staff.

Hamlin was surrounded by teammates and the game was suspended after he was taken to the hospital

Hamlin was surrounded by teammates and the game was suspended after he was taken to the hospital

Bills head coach Sean McDermott and his Bengals counterpart Zac Taylor spoke on the sideline before the two sets of players went to the locker room as the game was suspended.

The game was postponed 30 minutes after the medical emergency as the league’s slowness in reacting drew criticism on social media.

‘The league can say whatever it wants to say about [playing the game]… a bunch of guys huddled on opposite sides of a sideline and said we’re not,’ commentator Scott Van Pelt said on SportsCenter later Monday night.

‘I think it’s clear that the right decision was made because the context made it clear to everyone that this game cannot be played at this time.’