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Pro Football Hall of Fame delays announcement of finalists out of respect for Damar Hamlin

Related: Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison among 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Network announced on Tuesday that the group of finalists for enshrinement in 2023 would not be revealed later that same day.

Out of respect for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who remains in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest during Monday’s game in Cincinnati, the event has been moved back. According to a press released by the Hall of Fame, it is now tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Out of respect for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest during this week’s “Monday Night Football” game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Network have postponed the announcement of the 15 Modern-Era Player Finalists for the Hall’s Class of 2023.

The announcement had been scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night on the network. The decision to postpone the program for at least 24 hours was made after discussions involving officials with the Hall of Fame, the NFL and the NFL Network.

The program tentatively has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on the network. The organizations will re-evaluate the situation Wednesday and determine if the timing is appropriate to proceed with the announcement.

Like most things NFL these days, time will tell whether or not the announcement will actually take place on Wednesday. If so, several former New England Patriots will keep a close eye on it.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, defensive backs Rodney Harrison and Darrelle Revis, running back Fred Taylor, linebacker James Harrison and wide receiver Henry Ellard have all reached the semifinals and are now therefore eligible to take the next step toward the Hall of Fame. The same is true for offseason wideouts Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne.