Damar Hamlin, safety for the Buffalo Bills, was taken off the field in an ambulance after he went down against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The two sides locked horns at the Paycor Stadium.
Players, including Bills quarterback Josh Allen, were left in tears as Hamlin was taken off the field. The safety was given CPR on field.
The ambulance has left the field. The game was suspended.
Hamlin collided with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins after a completion, got to his feet and then fell back a second or two later and lay motionless. He was surrounded by stunned players from both teams, and when he was taken off the field 16 minutes later, the Bills gathered in prayer.
While medical personnel gathered around Hamlin, his uniform was cut off and he appeared to be getting CPR. He was strapped to a backboard and moved into the ambulance.
The game was suspended 21 minutes after the injury, and players walked off the field slowly.
The ambulance transported Hamlin out of Paycor Stadium. He has been reportedly taken to the University of Cincinnati hospital, per FOX19’s Joe Danneman.
Danneman also reported that Hamlin “has a pulse, but is not breathing on his own.” The safety, as per the report, required automated external defibrillator (AED) on the field.
The 24-year-old Hamlin is in his second year with the Bills. He didn’t see much playing time as a rookie but has been a much bigger part of Buffalo’s defense this season. Entering the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin had 91 tackles, including 63 solo tackles, and 1 1/2 sacks.