: Bills safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition after collapsing on field; game with Bengals postponed

by | Jan 2, 2023 | Stock Market

Monday night’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was suspended after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and was taken away by ambulance, in a scene that left players in tears and fans stunned. Hamlin, 24, was involved in a tackle, stood up, then collapsed with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter, laying motionless on the field. Medics gave him CPR as he lay on the field for about 16 minutes, and ESPN reported he was given oxygen as he was strapped to a backboard and transferred to the ambulance. The NFL later said he was listed in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital.

Players from both teams gathered around Hamlin as medics worked on him, some in tears, many kneeling in prayer. Fans in Cincinnati fell silent.

Both teams were sent to their locker rooms to regroup, and after roughly a half-hour wait — and a little over an hour since the injury occurred — the NFL said the game would not resume Monday. It was unclear when the game would be rescheduled. Hamlin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center. ESPN reported that Hamlin’s mother was with him at the hospital. Some Bills and Bengals players reportedly gathered at the hospital to be near Hamlin, while a number of fans stood vigil outside the building. Jordon Rooney, a friend of Hamlin’s and his marketing rep, tweeted late Monday night: “His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests. We will provide updates as we have them.” A hospital spokesperson said there would not be a news conference updating Hamlin’s condition Monday night. “The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin,” the NFL Players’ Union said in a statement. “We h …

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