Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field during the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL at 10:05 p.m. released a statement after canceling the game. You can read that statement below:
— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2023
Several hours later, at around 2:30 a.m. EST, the Bills organization issued a second update. It was revealed that Damar Hamlin was still in critical condition and sedated.
It was further revealed that Hamlin’s heart did stop on the field but that it was also restarted before he was put into the ambulance and rushed to the hospital that was located just two miles away.
“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.”
As At The Buzzer reported last night, what was seen on national television was Hamlin going in for a tackle and taking a hard hit. Hamlin gets up from the hit, takes a few steps, and then collapses.
BREAKING: Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin passes out after making a tackle in the Bills vs Bengals game… A very scary site as both teams are gathered around him in prayer right now.. https://t.co/qVi3bGQ2om
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) January 3, 2023
Damar Hamlin Collapses on the Field During Monday Night Football Game
Bills safety Damar Hamlin remained down on the field after a scary hit.
According to the broadcast, medical personnel have administered CPR. pic.twitter.com/JKCWmfzaLT
— ESPN (@espn) January 3, 2023
Immediately after he hit the ground, trainers and first responders quickly tended to Hamlin as an ambulance was brought onto the field. For minutes, CPR was administered to Hamlin as his teammates and the world watched in disbelief.
It was a scene unlock any football player, coach, and fan had ever seen.
Damar Hamlin is the best of us.
We love you, 3. Praying for you. pic.twitter.com/fYymfFsynp
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) January 3, 2023
Hamlin was eventually given oxygen and placed into the ambulance. Immediately after Hamlin was rushed to the hospital, the teams made the call to temporarily suspend the game.
No further details are known at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hamlin, his family, and the rest of the Buffalo Bills organization.