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Bangals QB Joe Burrow on moments after Damar Hamlin’s breakdown: ‘Nobody wants to keep playing’

Joe Burrow shared his thoughts on the scary situation involved in Damar Hamlin.

The Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl quarterback praised the NFL for its decision to postpone the game after Hamlin suddenly collapsed on the football field during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills in Cincinnati Monday night.

After Hamlin left the field in an ambulance, Boro and his teammates discussed the situation and spoke with some Bills players. “Nobody wants to keep playing,” Boro said.

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Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jordan Boyer of the Buffalo Bills react after Damar Hamlin of Buffalo collapses at Baycor Stadium on January 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.
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Boro also stated that the league has not been in touch as it pertains to the possibility of rescheduling the game.

“We’re kind of in the dark about this whole situation,” Burrow told reporters on Wednesday.

The NFL announced that the Bills-Bengals game “will not resume this week.”

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Boro said rescheduling the game late in the season could be difficult. In the end, Burrow said he acquiesced in doing what was in the Bills’ best interest as it pertained to any potential make-up game.

“I think that will only be difficult in terms of scheduling,” he said. “I think whatever Buffalo wants to do is what we want to do too. We are behind them 100% and support them in whatever they decide to do going forward.”

The Bengals are still scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Week 18.

The game has major deciding implications for Cincinnati. The victory would secure the AFC Champions League title for the second season in a row, but that did not seem to be the main concern of the players this week.

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and teammates walk to the locker room after the game against the Buffalo Bills was suspended after Damar Hamlin of the Bills collapsed on the field, January 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and teammates walk to the locker room after the game against the Buffalo Bills was suspended after Damar Hamlin of the Bills collapsed on the field, January 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.
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“Unfortunately, we got a game to play on Sunday,” Boro said. “Although this week has been unusual, it has been business as usual from a football point of view, unfortunately.”

He continued, “I don’t really know what to say about it because it’s a scary, emotional time and the guys still have Sunday’s football,” and our job is to go out, execute and play the game the way we have to play it in order to get ahead and win. That’s what it is. We’ve had discussions as a team about what happened and what we’re going for going forward, and that’s where we’re at. “

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Burrow added that there was some “side discussion” about possibly not playing in Week 18.

“I’m sure if you polled the locker room, there would be mixed voices about that,” Burrow said when asked about the team’s feelings playing this weekend against the Ravens.

Dammar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills

Dammar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills
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“Personally, I think it’s going to be tough, but there are people who want to play too, and there are people who don’t. Personally, I probably want to play. I think getting back to normal as quickly as you can personally is how I deal with these kinds of things.” Like I said, everyone has a different way of dealing with it.”

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The Bengals-Ravens game kicks off Sunday at 1 p.m. EST at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

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