Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, fell on the field on Monday night. He received CPR before being taken to the hospital, where the NFL said he was in critical condition.
The game between Buffalo and the Cincinnati Bengals was called off for the evening.
The NFL decided to call off the game over an hour after the injury. It was not immediately clear whether or when the teams would return to the field.
We are thinking of Damar and the Buffalo Bills. As further information becomes available, we will update this post, the league said in a statement.
The NFL Players Association, which supports postponing the game, has frequently contacted the NFL.
After a pass, Hamlin slammed into Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in what seemed like a simple, albeit forceful, tackle.
Three seconds after rising to his feet, he appeared to fix his face mask with his right hand before falling backward and becoming lifeless.
According to the NFL, Hamlin received treatment on the field from the team, outside medical professionals, and local paramedics.
The astonished players from both teams crowded around him.
Four minutes after Hamlin passed out, an ambulance arrived on the scene with other players crying, including cornerback Tre’Davious White. Josh Allen of Buffalo and Joe Burrow of Cincinnati, both quarterbacks, hugged.
The Bills gathered in prayer when Hamlin was brought off the field 16 minutes after collapsing at 8:55 p.m.
To get to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, he was driven.
The game was called off five minutes after the ambulance left, and the players carefully exited the field and entered their locker rooms.
Hamlin looked to be receiving CPR from medical professionals, and his uniform was torn.
On its broadcast, ESPN stated that Hamlin received oxygen as well.
Veteran NFL quarterback Troy Aikman said on the ESPN broadcast, “No one’s been through this. “I haven’t seen anything like it either,” she added.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin remained down on the field after a scary hit.
According to the broadcast, medical personnel have administered CPR. pic.twitter.com/JKCWmfzaLT
— ESPN (@espn) January 3, 2023