Bills Safety Damar Hamlin Collapses On Field, Game Against Bengals Postponed

In Cincinnati, Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin was listed in critical condition early Tuesday after collapsing on the field during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following a tackle, the Bills announced that Hamlin’s heart stopped, prompting an indefinite postponement of the game.

The incident occurred in the first quarter of the highly anticipated game, leading to Hamlin receiving medical attention on the field for nearly 20 minutes before being transported to the hospital.

“Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest after a play in our game against the Bengals. On-field medical personnel were able to restore his heartbeat before he was taken to UC Medical Center for further tests and treatment,” said the Bills. “He is now sedated and in critical condition.”

Jordon Rooney, representing Hamlin’s family and described as a close friend of Hamlin, conveyed to ABC’s “Good Morning America” that while Hamlin’s family is staying strong, they request privacy during this challenging time. He confirmed Hamlin is sedated but did not provide additional details on his condition.

In a distressing moment captured on ESPN, CPR was administered to Hamlin on-field. His teammates, visibly upset, formed a circle around him. The incident didn’t appear to stem from an unusually violent play; it happened as Hamlin tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.

Following Hamlin’s hospitalization, the NFL, along with neither the league nor the hospital, shared further updates on his health status. The Bills made their statement before their return to Buffalo. The fate of the postponed game remains uncertain.

During the tackle that led to Hamlin’s injury, Higgins’ shoulder made contact with Hamlin’s chest. Hamlin initially stood up, adjusted his facemask, then suddenly collapsed.

The medical response included team and independent medics and local paramedics, rushing Hamlin to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Bills teammate Stefon Diggs later visited Hamlin at the hospital.

Bills fans, along with a few Bengals supporters, held a vigil near the hospital, some lighting candles in solidarity.

The NFL, prioritizing Hamlin’s well-being, has not made decisions regarding the continuation of the game, with Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president, emphasizing the focus remains on Hamlin’s recovery.

Players and fans alike were left in shock, with the Bills team and a few players staying in Cincinnati to be near Hamlin. The event brought back memories of a similar on-field incident in 2007 involving Bills tight end Kevin Everett.

Hamlin, who played college football at Pittsburgh, was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round in 2021 and became a starter this season. A toy drive he organized saw donations surge past $3.7 million in the wake of his injury.

The football community, from fans to former teammates, continues to offer prayers and support for Hamlin’s recovery, underscoring the depth of concern for his health beyond the game.

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