Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is in critical condition after collapsing in the field during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills say.
The team tweeted an update overnight that read: “Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after being hit in our game against the Bengals. His heart rhythm was restored on the field and he was taken to UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”
The rest of the game it was postponed following the injury. The NFL did not say when the remainder of the game would be played.
The game was in the final moments of the first quarter when the 24-year-old Hamlin dropped Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. An ESPN correspondent, who was broadcasting the game, said that Hamlin “did a jab, got up, took a couple of steps, and then just fell to the ground.”
Medical personnel tended to Hamlin on the field for about 10 minutes, even apparently giving him CPR, before an ambulance pulled onto the field, the announcers said. It appeared Hamlin was being given oxygen as he was loaded into the ambulance.
“Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field from the team, independent medical personnel and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition,” the NFL said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
ESPN announcers said Hamlin’s mother was at the game and accompanied him in the ambulance.
Players from both teams surrounded Hamlin as he was treated, and several appeared to be distraught. Several were crying.
“The entire Bills team is on the field right now,” an ESPN correspondent said as they awaited word on Hamlin’s condition. “Several players are on their knees, others are holding hands, praying. You can see the worried looks on their faces.”
After Hamlin was carried off the field, the game was initially “temporarily suspended,” the officials said, and the players returned to their respective locker rooms.
The decision to officially postpone the game for the night was announced shortly after 10 p.m. ET, about an hour after Hamlin collapsed.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen tweeted“Please pray for our brother.”
Fans of both teams, some holding candles, gathered at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Hamlin was taken.
His teammate Stefon Diggs went to see Hamlin at the hospital.
Several other teams sent well wishes to Hamlin and the Bills, who were playing at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
The Bengals also offered a tribute, according to Jay Morrison, the Bengals writer for The Athletic:
New York Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that he was “praying” for Hamlin and that “our hearts go out to his family, loved ones and the entire @BuffaloBills community.”
The game has major implications for playoff standings as the league enters the final week of its regular season.
Hamlin was drafted by the Bills in 2021 after playing 46 games at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. according to his team biography. He also operates The Chasing M’s Foundation, which gives back to the community.
A toy drive for which he raised money on GoFundMe saw a large number of donations after the incident on Monday night. As of 2:30 am EST, the fund had surpassed $3 million in commitments. His original goal was — $2,500.
Hamlin also has a clothing brand of the same name and has donated clothes to students at his old high school.