Shocking scenes in Cincinnati. Damar Hamlin collapsed in the first quarter of the Bengals best game against the Buffalo Bills. Security went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated.
The 24-year-old was then taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma. The NFL announced that his condition was critical. The game was first interrupted for an hour, then stopped completely.
- Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in the first quarter of the Bills’ game against the Bengals and had to be resuscitated.
- After suffering cardiac arrest, the player was taken to hospital in critical condition.
- Game abandoned with the Bengals 7-3, the NFL is waiting for progress before making new decisions.
+++ The Hamlin family thanks for their sympathy and asks for prayers +++
Hamlin’s family have posted a thank you for the sympathy and support and ask that Damar be kept in prayer.
It reads: “On behalf of our family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown by Damar during this difficult time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans around the world.
We also want to thank the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provide Damar with exceptional care. We feel so lucky to be part of the Buffalo Bills and to have their support.
We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for all they have done. Your generosity and compassion mean everything to us.
Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will post updates as soon as we have them.”
+++ Hamlin family spokesperson reveals: ‘He fights, he’s a fighter’ +++
Little is known about Hamlin’s health. Jordon Rooney, the NFL star’s marketing representative and spokesman for the Hamlin family, said on ABC’s Good Morning America: “I can’t be specific about his health but I can say he’s struggling. , he’s a fighter.” Rooney continues: “The family is in good spirits. We are watching minute by minute and hour by hour.”
+++ Buffalo Bills makes official statement on Hamlin +++
Bills statement: Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after a collision in the game against the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored and he was taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital for further tests and treatment. He was sedated and is in critical condition.
Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest following a hit in our game against the Bengals. His heart rate was restored on the field and he was transferred to UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
The NFL and the sports world are in shock, a close confidant of Hamlin gives an initial update.
Match abandoned at Bills at Bengals – close confidant of Hamlin comments on status
NFL insider Ian Rapoport retweeted a message from a close friend of the Bills player. As a result, his condition stabilized and doctors put Hamlin to sleep so they could put a ventilator access down his throat. Further tests are now pending.
Bills Safety Damar Hamlin collapses after colliding with Bengals receiver Higgins
Hamlin set up a tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and quickly tried to get up. He suddenly collapsed. The Bills’ athletic trainers quickly came to the rescue before the seriousness of the situation was realized. Hamlin received CPR for several minutes, followed by oxygen.
Meanwhile, his visibly shocked teammates knelt around him. Hamlin’s family were escorted from the stands to the pitch. After 16 minutes of field treatment, Hamlin was taken to University of Cincinnati Hospital in an ambulance.
NFL stars in shock
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs then addressed the entire team. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor immediately ran to Bills coach Sean McDermott and consulted with the referees.
After angry reactions on social media and harsh criticism from ESPN pundit and former NFL professional Booger McFarland (“No one cares about football right now”), the NFL and its commissioner Roger Goodell then decided to drop the game. At this point, the Bengals were leading the Bills 7-3.
The Bills are returning to Buffalo, except for a few players who would like to stay with Hamlin. Some fans then gathered outside the hospital and prayed for Hamlin. According to ESPN, Bills receiver Diggs went to the hospital.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said the Bills are returning to Buffalo tonight, but some players are choosing to stay in Cincinnati to be near Damar Hamlin.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2023
The NFL wants to wait and see the situation before deciding how the game will be handled going forward.
There will be more updates on this topic here soon.
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