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.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin remained down on the field after a scary hit.
According to the broadcast, medical personnel have administered CPR. pic.twitter.com/JKCWmfzaLT
— ESPN (@espn) January 3, 2023
— BILLSMAFIA(12-3) (@MiningSim2XD) January 3, 2023
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.
No sound. Just prayers. pic.twitter.com/XIr4flbraz
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) January 3, 2023
Sean McDermott gathered his Bills team and they kneeled down together and prayed as Damar Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance 🙏 pic.twitter.com/CU9Dl1CXM9
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) January 3, 2023
The NFL suspended the game and the ambulance was left in the lot while staff found Hamlin’s mom.
Ambulance for Damar Hamlin is still in the parking lot. Security is working on getting his mother from the stands to ride with him. pic.twitter.com/d6qYwtgs0L
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) January 3, 2023
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.
Damar Hamlin has arrived at a Cincinnati hospital after medical officials administered CPR on the field.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 3, 2023
Hamlin is said to be in critical condition.
I am told that Damar Hamlin has been intubated and is currently listed in critical condition. @fox19
— Tricia Macke (@FOX19Tricia) January 3, 2023
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.
The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin. We have been in touch with Bills and Bengals players, and with the NFL. The only thing that matters at this moment is Damar’s health and well being.
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 3, 2023
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
UPDATE: Jordon Rooney (Hamlin’s marketing representative) has updated.
Update on Damar:
His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests.
We will provide updates as we have them.
— Jordon Rooney (@jordonr) January 3, 2023
UPDATE: A statement from the NFL regarding the game has been issued.
NFL statement on tonight’s Bills-Bengals game: pic.twitter.com/odLrDlpQGU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2023