The Buffalo Bills star, Damar Hamlin was rushed to hospital during Monday night’s (02.01.23) game against the Cincinatti Bengals. He collapsed after tackling Tee Higgins. Damar Hamlin fell to the floor when a tackle impacted his chest and he underwent treatment including CPR on the field for more than 10 minutes before being taken away in an ambulance.
The young player had managed to get to his feet and appeared to adjust his helmet, but then tumbled backwards and laid motionless. An ambulance drove on to the field as stunned players looked on, and the crowd at the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals fell silent.
In a statement on Twitter, the NFL team has updated fans and confirmed: “Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.” Following the incident, the game has been suspended until further notice.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott led the team in prayer as the ambulance left the stadium. Many of the 24-year-old’s teammates were in tears, and his mother was watching in the crowd. It is believed she was able to join him in the ambulance en route to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which is two miles from the stadium.
The NFL, which suspended the game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the night, announced on Tuesday its commissioner, Roger Goodell, had spoken with both teams and informed them that the game would not resume this week. The NFL has made “no decision” on whether the game will resume at a later date, the league said.
Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin at the hospital as about 100 Bills and a few Bengals fans gathered on a corner near the entrance, with some of them holding candles.