Bills-Jets game moved to Monday in Detroit

Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:55pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - The National Football League game between the New York Jets and the homestanding Bills will be shifted from Buffalo to Detroit on Monday due to the heavy snow that has paralyzed the area, the league said on Thursday.

"Due to public safety concerns in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday's Jets-Bills game has been rescheduled to Monday night at 7 p.m. ET (0000 GMT) and relocated to Ford Field in Detroit," the NFL said in a statement.

"Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm."

The NFL decision came after the National Hockey League announced that Friday's game between the Buffalo Sabres and the visiting New York Rangers had been postponed due to the snow.

Snowbound residents, who had been socked by five feet of snow in some areas earlier this week, awoke to another foot of accumulation on Thursday with the possibility of a further 30 inches (76 cm) expected.

Bills players have been unable to practice this week, forced to stay home by travel restrictions imposed by local authorities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier on Thursday that holding the Bills game in Buffalo would be impractical because many roads were either cut off or dangerous to drive.

At least eight deaths have been blamed on the wintry blast.   Continued...