NFL team official puts blame on league exec over Bills-Bengals warm up report

One of the unanswered questions which have swirled across the canceled Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals sport from Week 17 of the NFL common season is whether or not gamers have been informed they’d have 5 minutes to warm up once more after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the sphere.

ESPN’s Joe Buck mentioned on the published the gamers would have the allotted time to warm up once more earlier than Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor introduced their gamers again to the locker room. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent since denied gamers got 5 minutes to warm up and get again on the sphere after the medical emergency.

An nameless high-ranking team official from one of many groups on the sport gave credit score to NFL chief soccer administrator Dawn Aponte in an interview with ESPN for being the intermediary in between the coaches and referees at Paycor Stadium and those that have been making selections on the league’s command middle in New York City. The official mentioned there was no method the groups have been going to play once more and described the trouble to get the sport suspended for good that evening an effort from the bottom up.

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NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent attends the Super Bowl XLIX Football Operations Press Conference on Jan. 29, 2015 in Phoenix.
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“The league didn’t cancel the sport,” the team official informed ESPN. “The Bills and the Bengals canceled the sport.”

The team official added that when the ambulance left the sphere with Hamlin in it, “it was crystal clear from everybody’s perspective” that the sport couldn’t go on.

“The solely chaos was coming… from the command middle,” the official mentioned.

Vincent was described as essentially the most senior government within the command middle on the time. He vehemently denied making the decision for gamers to warm up once more.

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A poster is attached to a fence outside of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Tuesday, Jan.  3, 2023, in Cincinnati.  Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the field during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

A poster is connected to a fence outdoors of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Cincinnati. Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the sphere throughout an NFL soccer sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday evening.
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“The league screws this s— up as a result of Troy Vincent screws these items up,” the official mentioned. “That’s the unsuitable particular person within the unsuitable place on the absolute unsuitable time … He desires to be the hero, however he won’t ever take accountability. That’s him to a T.”

As the sport was left in limbo and the gamers remained of their locker rooms, ESPN reported that a number of concepts have been floated from New York together with an concept that the Bills would keep in Cincinnati in a single day. The team official mentioned in his team’s thoughts, “there was nothing to be mentioned.”

Taylor mentioned there was “no push” for something to occur, nor was there a directive to get the team warming up once more.

The league suspended the sport after 66 minutes. Vincent addressed the media afterward saying there was no directive to get the gamers warming up once more whereas ESPN backed up their reporting the following day.

Damar Hamlin, #3 of the Buffalo Bills, stands near the sidelines during introductions prior to an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Jan.  2, 2023 in Cincinnati.

Damar Hamlin, #3 of the Buffalo Bills, stands close to the sidelines throughout introductions previous to an NFL soccer sport towards the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2, 2023 in Cincinnati.
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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy informed reporters final week that an NFL guidelines analyst was adamant they didn’t inform anybody a couple of 5-minute warmup to ESPN’s John Parry, who was within the sales space and relayed the knowledge to Buck, Troy Aikman and viewers at dwelling.

“We stand by Troy Vincent’s feedback and strongly refute this characterization,” McCarthy mentioned.

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The Bills and Bengals sport was later canceled and dominated a no-contest.

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