In anticipation of an intense snowstorm, the NFL announced on Thursday, November 17 that the Buffalo Bills‘ upcoming matchup against the Cleveland Browns would no longer take place at Highmark Stadium, and due to public safety reasons, both teams will instead face off at Ford Field in Detroit in Week 11.
On Friday, November 18, residents of Erie County woke up to nearly four feet of snow, per the National Weather Service, and the Bills were forced to cancel practice since no one could safely make it to the training facility. Instead, players and coaches met virtually, the team announced.
As of Friday afternoon, Orchard Park remains under a travel ban, per WKBW, but Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters that the team still plans to fly out on Saturday. “We want to head out tomorrow as close to the normal time as possible,” he said. “However, again, seeing what’s happening around us right now, just want to make sure that all the staff and players’ families are safe and dug out before we want to try to get out of here, just so everyone’s mind is in the right spot, knowing that their families are all safe.”
Very rare thundersnow in Buffalo, NY: pic.twitter.com/Ps4fZEe8iV
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 18, 2022
The question of how or if Buffalo will be able to make it to Detroit became a major topic on Twitter after CBS Sports‘ Josina Anderson reported, “League source on #Bills/ snow: “This is a major impact. There’s currently a travel ban… Snow is coming down hard right now. I don’t know what’s the contingency if everyone can’t make it to the airport or we can’t fly out.”
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 18, 2022
Per the NFL’s guidelines, a team “must be in the game city” 18 hours before kickoff, however, there’s no explicit rule as to how early a team could arrive. Back in 2003, the Baltimore Ravens left for San Diego three days early in order to get out of town before Hurricane Isabel hit the …read more