Bills-Bengals Game Suspended After Player Collapses, Given CPR on Field


It was Monday Night Football’s most dramatic scene. The game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills was on Monday Night Football. It was a routine play. Joe Burrow, the Bengals’ quarterback, threw a pass at Tee Higgins wide receiver. Safety Damar Hamlin then tackled Higgins. Damar fell down after a few steps.

Hamlin was assisted by athletic trainers who rushed to his side. As the crowd, players, and coaches gathered, the staff called for a stretcher.

Alaina Getzenberg, of ESPN, reported that Hamlin was surrounded by his entire Bills team as he received treatment. Multiple Bills players comforted each other while Hamlin was being cared for. To not see Hamlin in pain, many had to turn their heads.

Hamlin was reportedly given CPR by medical personnel for approximately nine minutes while players from both teams knelt in prayer.

Hamlin was taken to the hospital by medical staff who called an ambulance. Sean McDermott, Bills coach, gathered his team to pray as staff loaded Hamlin onto the stretcher.

The NFL suspended the game and the ambulance was left in the lot while staff found Hamlin’s mom.

According to initial reports, Hamlin had a pulse but was not breathing by himself. An AED was also used by personnel to revive Hamlin’s cardiac health.

Hamlin arrived at the hospital around 9:40 p.m.

Hamlin is said to be in critical condition.

The NFL has officially suspended the game tonight. The NFL has not yet confirmed if they will cancel the entire game.

This is a breaking story. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Pray for Hamlin and his family as well as everyone at the game tonight.

UPDATE: The NFL Players Association has released a statement and asked for prayers.

UPDATE: Jordon Rooney (Hamlin’s marketing representative) has updated.

UPDATE: A statement from the NFL regarding the game has been issued.