NFL Game Postponed After Buffalo Bills Player Damar Hamlin Collapses On Field
The Monday Night Football After Damar Hamlin, a Bills player, collapsed on the field, the game was postponed and he was given CPR before being taken by an ambulance to the hospital.
The safety, aged 24, was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The NFL released a statement saying that it was thinking of Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Later Monday, the Buffalo Bills tweeted Hamlin’s “cardiac arrest” following a hit. He is currently in critical condition and is being sedated.
On Tuesday morning, a family rep shared that Hamlin was currently fighting. Jordon Rooney said, speaking from the hospital to ABC News’s Jordon Rooney: “He’s fighting.” Good Morning America.
Rooney was released shortly after the incident. Tweeted Hamlin’s vitals had returned to normal. “They put him to bed to place a breathing tube down the throat. He wrote Monday night that they were running tests.
He explained that “In the moment there needed to be some clarification.” GMA Robin Roberts asked about sharing the information. He was awake at the time, but now he is sedated. The family is in good spirits and we are just taking it hour-by-hour.
He also shared a thank you message from the Hamlin Family, asking fans to keep him in their prayers while they wait for updates.
“Last night was meant to be a great evening for the NFL, and a great showcase of our hometown,” said Mike Brown, Bengals owner. In a statement Tuesday afternoonNoting the compassion shown both by viewers and players, he said “Instead, the human side became paramount in our sport… and in that moment humanity and love rose up to the forefront.”
The statement continued, “As both teams undertook extraordinary measures to treat their patients, they showed respect and compassion, while fans in the stadium and people all over the country supported Damar and showed love for one another.”
Hamlin was making an tackle with Tee Higgins, a Bengals receiver, when he collided. Tee led with his right shoulder and hit Hamlin in his chest. Hamlin grabbed Higgins and pulled him down. After a few seconds, the safety stood up before falling backward. As Hamlin was being treated on-the-field, players from both teams were visibly upset and in tears.
During the live broadcast, Joe Buck, play-by-play announcer, stated that Hamlin was treated by medical personnel for several minutes. He also received CPR. ESPN.
Buck stated, “It’s really difficult to put words into it,” as Buck and the ESPN broadcast crew waited for an update.
Officials from the NFL announced that the game would be temporarily suspended at 9:18 pm. ET, shortly after Bills coach Sean McDermott was seen talking to Zac Taylor, Bengals coach, on the field to each others and the referees. Later, at 10:01 p.m. ET, the league announced that the game would be canceled.
Within hours of Hamlin’s injury, Chasing M’s Foundation raised over $1 million in donations to support his annual toy drive. The initial goal was $2,500
According to the Associated Press, Bills and Bengals fans gathered in front of Hamlin’s hospital emergency room and held candles.
The NFL Players Association published A statementHe said that “everyone within our community is praying to Damar Hamlin,” and that the only thing that matters right now is Damar’s well-being.
Hamlin’s fellow footballers took to social media to support the injured safety.
Jackie Strause and Abid Rahman were both part of this story.
Jan. 3, 9:30 a.m. Updated with statements from Mike Brown, Bengals owner and Hamlin family.
7 a.m. Updated with information provided by Jordon Rooney, family spokesperson.
Jan. 2, 11:50 p.m. Updated with information from Buffalo Bills about Damar Hamlin’s health.
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