CINCINNATI ( Associated Press) — Buffalo Bills safety Damor Hamlin is in critical condition after falling to the ground during Monday’s game, the NFL said, suspending Buffalo’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
ESPN reported that Hamilton received CPR on the field, and teammates, some in tears, after being injured in a tackle by receiver Tye Higgins.
Higgins raised his right shoulder and hugged Hamlin Square. Security wrapped their arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to drag him to the ground. Hamlin got up, fixed his mask with his right hand, and about three seconds later fell on his back and was motionless.
Hamlin was treated on the field by team and independent medical personnel and local paramedics and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the NFL said. ESPN reported that teammate Stefon Diggs accompanied Hamlin to the hospital.
About 100 Bills fans and a few more Bengals fans gathered on a corner across from the ER entrance, some holding candles.
About an hour after the injury occurred, the NFL announced that the game would not resume.
“Our thoughts are with Dummer and Buffalo Bill. “We will provide more information when it becomes available,” the league said in a statement. “The NFL has been in constant contact with the NFL Players Association who have agreed to postpone the game.”
An ambulance rolled onto the field four minutes after the fall as some players began crying, including cornerback Tre’Davis White. The quarterbacks – Josh Allen of Buffalo and Joe Burrows of Cincinnati – hug.
“Please pray for our brother,” Allen wrote on Twitter.
Hamilton collapsed at 8:55 p.m., and when he was moved 16 minutes later, the Bills gathered to pray. He was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The game was called off five minutes after the ambulance left and the players slowly walked off the field to the changing rooms.
Hamlin’s uniform was cut off and he was reportedly given CPR. ESPN reported on the broadcast that Hamlin was put on oxygen and strapped to a stretcher to get into an ambulance.
“Nobody’s been through that,” former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman said during a broadcast on ESPN. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
In a matchup between teams fighting for first place in the AFC, the Bengals led 7–3 in the first quarter. Cincinnati enters the matchup at 11–4 and leads the AFC North, while AFC East champion Buffalo is 12–3.
“The NFLPA and the entire community are praying for Asphalt Hamlin,” the union said in a statement. “We have been in contact with the Bills and Bengals players and the NFL. The only thing that matters right now is Asphalt’s health and well-being.”
The period following the injury was reminiscent of Bills tight end Kevin Everett’s tackle in Buffalo’s 2007 opener against the Denver Broncos.
Everett suffered a spinal injury and was initially partially paralyzed.
Hamlin, 24, spent five years in college with his hometown of Pitt and played 48 games with the Panthers during that span.
He was selected in the sixth round by the Bills in 2021, played in 14 games as a rookie and became a starter this year after Micah Hyde was injured.
As of Monday night, a community toy drive organized by Hamlin has raised more than $900,000 in donations. Their target was 2,500.
Prior to this matchup, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety had 91 tackles, including 63 solo and 1 1/2 sacks.
Pitt was clear, with a message on Twitter: “Damar Hamlin is the best. We love you, 3”, said the message in reference to the number used at the school. “We pray for you.”