Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, passed out during the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The 24-year-old athlete sustained cardiac arrest, according to the Bills. Although the reason for the arrest is yet unknown, Hamlin is still sedated and in serious condition. Before being taken to the hospital by emergency responders, Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored, according to the Bills’ Twitter update.
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.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Online video of the unnerving incident quickly became popular. Hamlin (player #3) stood up after tackling Bengals player Tee Higgins but immediately collapsed to the ground. Bills team trainers sprung into action moments after his tumble to help the safety. Before being transferred to UC Medical Center, Hamlin was treated for roughly nine minutes, during which time CPR was administered. Hamlin passed out with roughly 5:58 remaining in the opening frame of the NFL contest. It’s unknown at this time if the game will be postponed. The NFL Players Association and the league, according to Executive VP of Operations Troy Vincent, were in agreement on the transient game. None of the coaches or players for the Bengals or Bills requested to continue playing. Instead, after Hamlin’s breakdown, players, especially those from the Bills side, embraced, sobbed, and prayed together on the field. Following the incident, some of Damar’s colleagues posted prayers and well wishes on Twitter.
Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin is in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest on the field roughly halfway through the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field. pic.twitter.com/2hVbDj9FxL
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 3, 2023
According to CNN, a handful of the team members chose to remain in Cincinnati while the remainder returned to Buffalo today. Stefon Diggs, a wide receiver with the Bills, arrived late on Monday night to show his support. Later, Damar’s teammates and other NFL clubs, coaches, and players, including Higgins, sent their prayers and best wishes for him on Twitter. Numerous others, including Matt Barnes and Isiah Thomas, supported Damar when sportscaster Skip Bayless said that delaying the game “this late in the season” was a bad idea. Although Bayless eventually apologized, requests for his cancellation are still going strong as of Tuesday morning. – Steve Sijenyi
Skip bayless apologizes for Damar Hamlin tweet
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