Bills cancel Friday’s practice over heavy snow,


BUFFALO, N.Y. — In the hours after the decision was made to move the Buffalo Bills’ home game against the Cleveland Browns to Ford Field in Detroit, the area surrounding Highmark Stadium received three feet of snow with more expected to fall.

The Bills made the decision to cancel Friday’s practice for the safety of players and staff; however, the team is meeting virtually. A handful of players who live in the area of Orchard Park, New York, are among those without power. The game remains scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

“I want to make sure I can look guys in the eye and most of the guys were able to get on, staff included,” coach Sean McDermott said of the team’s morning Zoom. “But for the most part everyone looked like they were safe and doing well. Sometimes things get a little bit bigger than football and then I think the thing we also have to understand and remember is that there’s people out there that are working in this and having to get to hospitals and whatnot.

“So, there’s a lot a lot more going on that’s more important than football today.”

The Bills are still expecting to travel to Detroit on Saturday but may have to push back the team’s normal away game schedule from the typical 1 p.m. ET departure time because of the snow expected Friday and overnight into Saturday. The team wants to give players time to get out of their homes and make sure their families are safe.

“Playing a little bit of a wait-and-see game right now but anticipating having to move some things back in the morning if [the snow] does slow down,” McDermott said. “Which that’s the latest we’re hearing, is it’s supposed to slow down early tomorrow morning around the stadium here and in Orchard Park and whatnot, and then give guys time to dig out, make sure their families are good, and then we’ll head into the facility, probably in…

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