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.
The essentials in a nutshell:
- The league offers players the opportunity to talk about mental health
- NFL teams change Twitter profile picture to ‘Pray for Damar’.
- Hamlin no longer needs full ventilation but required a second CPR after arriving at the hospital
+++ The NFL offers players the opportunity to exchange ideas on mental health +++
After Damar Hamlin’s accident left many players mentally scratched, the NFL is now providing “mental health resources”. The NFL sent a note to the teams. He specifies that all teams are invited to take advantage of the offer.
So not only players of the Cincinnati Bengals or the Buffalo Bills have the opportunity to use this mental aid, but all players and coaches in the league. What exactly the league’s offer looks like is not known.
Roger Goodell’s memo sent to all NFL teams:
Mental health and support resources have been made available to on-site services for players and league staff.
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 3, 2023
+++ NFL teams change profile picture to ‘Pray for Damar’ on Twitter +++
After the tragic accident involving Damar Hamlin, the NFL stands together. On Twitter, each team, including the NFL account, changed their profile picture themselves. “Pray for Damar” and his number three jersey now adorn the Twitter profiles of all the teams.
The Buffalo Bills thanked them for their moral support with a mini video. “It’s more than football” title.
+++ Uncle gives slightly positive update, but not entirely clear +++
Dorrian Glenn, Damar Hamlin’s uncle, gave positive signals in an interview with the NFL Network that his nephew’s condition is improving.
“They’re trying to get him to breathe on his own again. He’s about 50% ventilated right now, yesterday it was 100%,” says Glenn.
“I am incredibly grateful, the medical staff are doing a fantastic job and after this scary scene yesterday we are happy that he is still with us,” he added.
However, he could not give the green light. “His condition is still unstable, he’s still struggling. We have to watch him day by day.” Worse still: according to the “Daily Mail”, he was resuscitated a second time after arriving at the hospital. Hamlin is currently in the intensive care unit of a Cincinnati hospital.
“A lot of people don’t see how loved they are in their lifetime, so for him to have a situation where he could have been taken and he has a chance to come back and see all that love he got.”
—Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 4, 2023
+++ Bills report: Hamlin spent the night in intensive care and remains in critical condition +++
The Buffalo Bills have released an update on their player and unfortunately cannot give the green light.
Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
We are grateful and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received so far.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
“Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and is in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. We are grateful for the overwhelming support we have received thus far.”
+++ 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 spokesperson for the Hamlin family, said on ABC’s Good Morning America: “I can’t be specific about his health, but I can say that 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 heavy 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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