A tragic scene unfolded Monday night in Cincinnati just 10 minutes into the Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin suddenly collapsed on the field after tackling a Bengals WR. CPR was administered to Hamlin for nearly 10 minutes and he was transported to a local Cincinnati hospital after his heartbeat was restored on the field.
Just before 2 a.m., the Buffalo Bills tweeted the following statement:
Hamlin went down after making a tackle on Bengals WR Tee Higgins with just over 5 minutes left in the first quarter of a matchup between the Bengals and Bills.
Hamlin made the tackle on Higgins, got up and fell straight to his back. Medical personnel, including an ambulance, rushed to the field immediately. The ESPN broadcast reported that medical officials were scene performing CPR on Hamlin for at least 10 minutes.
The game was temporarily suspended and later postponed by the NFL.
Hamlin’s agent released the following statement on Twitter:
Over an hour after Hamlin went down, the NFL released a statement that read:
The NFL Players Association released the following statement:
Hamlin was drafted in the 2021 NFL draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. He’s started 14 games for the Bills this season.
JMN extends our heartfelt prayers to Damar Hamlin, his family and the Buffalo Bills organization.