Piles of snow at the Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY could alter Sunday’s gameplay, kickoff time or even result in a change of venue.
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Terrible snowstorms in upstate New York have thrown the Buffalo Bill’s ability to host Sunday’s game against the Jets into question.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the NFL is working with the Bills to determine the viability of Ralph Wilson Stadium — which, like the rest of the region, is under a thick blanket of snow. A Bills spokesman told Rapoport that the team is “working on snow removal and plan is to still play at Sunday at 1, and that “if that were to change, it would be the league’s call.”
The Bills spokesman added that there is four feet of snow, with another two to three feet more predicted for Thursday. Rapoport added that there is a driving ban, so there are currently no players at the stadium.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that the Bills have concerns beyond stadium accessibility, including practice preparation and team meetings.
In the last few years, games that have been delayed due to snow have been either preemptively moved to different stadiums or moved to different days once the snow clears up or sometimes both.
The game cannot be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Sunday due to the New York Giants’ home game against the Dallas Cowboys.