NFL Players Prepare to Return to Practice After Hamlin’s Collapse – The New York Times

Teams around the league found ways to express their support for Hamlin. Each team changed the avatar of its Twitter account to an image of Hamlin’s No. 3 Bills jersey with the message, “Pray for Damar.” The Miami Dolphins posted a photo of their stadium lit up in the Bills’ blue and red on Tuesday night.

The Eagles and the Patriots canceled coaches’ press availabilities on Tuesday, while Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin opened his news conference by talking about his personal connection with Hamlin, who grew up in the Pittsburgh area.

Tuesdays are usually off days for players around the league, though with games scheduled for this Saturday, some teams were on the practice field this week. The Tennessee Titans, who are scheduled to play the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night, spent time in a team meeting Tuesday talking about Hamlin and praying for him and his family.

This is usually one of the most exciting weeks during the N.F.L. season, with teams jockeying for postseason bids or more favorable seeding. The Bills and the Bengals met on Monday night with the No. 1 seed in the A.F.C. and a first-round bye still in reach for both teams. Hamlin’s collapse rendered those stakes relatively unimportant.

If the Week 18 schedule remains intact, both teams will take the field again on Sunday, with the Bills hosting the New England Patriots and the Bengals set to host the Baltimore Ravens.

The N.F.L. has rescheduled games before. In 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the league postponed all of its Week 2 games until the end of the regular season. During the 2020 season, the N.F.L. rescheduled 15 regular-season games because of coronavirus outbreaks among teams but completed the season on time.

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