UPDATE (9:27 p.m.): The NFL announced Thursday night that the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills will play Monday at 7 p.m. ET. at Ford Field in Detroit.
“We greatly appreciate the hospitality of the Detroit Lions in hosting the Bills and this game, which will be televised by CBS in the New York and Buffalo area markets,” the league said in a statement. ” While Ford Field could have hosted the game on Sunday, in order to give the Bills as much practice time as possible under the circumstances, the decision to play on Monday night was made.
“The Lions’ practice facility will be available to the Bills on Friday and moving the game to Monday night will enable the Bills to practice on Friday and Saturday and have their walk-through on Sunday. The Bills have been unable to practice this week in Buffalo.”
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): The NFL officially announced that Sunday’s Jets-Bills game will not be played in Buffalo. The most likely site is either Washington D.C., or Detroit, and the game would be played Monday, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.
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The record-breaking snow that has hit Buffalo in the last three days is forcing the Bills to find a new venue for its Sunday home game against the New York Jets.
The NFL is expected to formally announce the time and place of the Week 12 matchup by Friday, but the most likely locations for the game to be played include Pittsburgh and Detroit, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. The Steelers have a bye this week, while the Lions are on the road.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jets and Bills are preparing “with the belief the game will be moved to Monday evening.” The Bills haven’t practiced all week, as a travel ban still is in effect for many areas, including Orchard Park, N.Y., the site of Ralph Wilson Stadium.
With more than six feet of snow blanketing Buffalo, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday playing the game in Buffalo would be “impractical.”
“Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first,” Cuomo said, per ESPN.com. “At this point in time, doing what we have to do with the driving ban and everything we just said — staying off the roads — would make a Bills game impractical.”
Looking past Sunday, though, the Bills also might be in trouble for their next home game Nov. 30 against the Cleveland Browns. A league source told Schefter the Bills “will be hard-pressed to get their stadium ready for their next home game.”
But the Bills will take this one lake-effect snowstorm at a time.
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