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After 48 hours of deliberation, the National Football League has decided to not to play this weekend's games in the wake of a terrorist attack on the United States.
Joe Browne, the league's vice president, said the league hadn't determined whether or not to completely cancel, or post-pone the action. Although it is unlikely a rescheduling could occur.
While the after-effects of the cancelled weekend could throw complications into the league's schedule, the players do not consider their profession as significant compared to the attacks.
"I've got some family and a lot of friends who work in the city and I spent most of yesterday trying to get a hold of them," Lions' linebacker Stephen Boyd told a team reporter. "There were a lot of guys I grew up with who are now New York firefighters and cops and while they're all accounted for, most of them are right in there today trying to help victims. That really puts everything in perspective."
Said Lions' cornerback Bryant Westbrook: "If the president tells us to stay home and not play, I would definitely not be mad at that because I know if it were somebody in my family that passed away, I would definitely have to think twice about going out there and playing."
The Lions were scheduled to battle the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener on Sunday, which would have also marked the inaugural game of Ty Detmer as the Lions' starting quarterback.
That replacement at the helm will likely have to wait another two weeks. And Detmer isn't complaining.
"I'm excited about playing, my first start, so I'd like to play instead of having to push off the waiting another week," Detmer said. "But I know it's kind of a selfish reason. There's a lot of other things on a bigger scale that are more important and keeping everybody safe. There's a certain healing process that the country has to go through. The quicker you can get back to normalcy, maybe it would be good for people to have a chance to go to a football game and not think about some of the negative things that have happened in the last day or so."
However, due to severe issues across the league, including the New York Giants' Meadowlands being used to aid in disaster support and distraught players taking the field, the decision to by-pass the events was almost a foregone conclusion.
The league did not comment on whether or not the delay -- or cancel -- would continue for more than one week.