Damar Hamlin, safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed during the Monday Night game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Paycor Stadium. The tie was suspended and the player was in critical condition, the league said.
Hamlin, second-year safety from Pittsburgh, collided with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins after a completion. He got to his feet and then fell backward a second or two later and lay motionless.
He was given CPR and oxygen before being sent off to the hospital in an ambulance.
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The game was suspended at 5.58 of the first quarter after coaches from both teams met on the field. Players from both the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals huddled together in the middle of the field as medical staff continued to work on Hamlin.
His teammates were left in tears as the scary scenes dragged on for around 10 minutes before Hamlin was loaded into an ambulance and taken off the field.
“Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by the team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition,” the NFL said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available. The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game,” the statement added.
Hamlin was picked in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills out of the University of Pittsburgh. He overcame losing friends to gun violence and his father to prison to become a feel-good story to make the Bills. He played 14 games as a rookie, making two tackles but became a starting safety in September after Micah Hyde went down with a season-ending injury. Hamlin has 92 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2022.