Updated: BREAKING: Buffalo Bills Player Damar Hamlin in Critical Condition After Hit to Chest; Game Postponed by NFL

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UPDATE: Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin is reportedly in critical condition, according to an update from the National Football League (NFL). The NFL’s statement also revealed it has officially postponed the game Monday night, between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Bills: 


Cincinnati Fox news anchor Tricia Macke reports:

UPDATE: Here’s video of the play:
Warning: video contains graphic content

Original story

With the clock ticking down below six minutes remaining in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills, with the home team ahead 7-3, an unsettling injury happened inside Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium.

At 8:55 p.m. Eastern time, according to ABC Sports, Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and was given oxygen and CPR, after a hard hit during game play.


Yahoo! News:

Multiple Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals players gathered around in extreme concern as Bills safety Damar Hamlin was down on the field being helped by trainers after a frightening injury.

Hamlin took a big hit in the chest area on a tackle in the first quarter of Buffalo’s game on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin got hit by Bengals receiver Tee Higgins as he ran upfield after a catch. Hamlin got up, then suddenly collapsed. His head hit the turf.

Reporters on the scene said Hamlin was given CPR on the field. More than 15 minutes passed from the time Hamlin collapsed to when he was taken off the field.

An ambulance, which was brought on the field, took Hamlin to a local hospital, the only level-one trauma center in the Cincinnati area, according to ABC Sports.

The Yahoo News! report continues on the game being “temporarily suspended” by officials:

Both coaches met with the officials. At about 9:17 p.m. Eastern, a little more than 20 minutes after Hamlin collapsed, officials said the game was temporarily suspended. Both teams headed back to the locker room.


Author Keith O’Brien shared a poignant look at the kind of giving man Hamlin is, in a tweet Monday night:

Arizona Cardinals veteran JJ Watt, who will play in his final NFL game Sunday, shared these thoughts. Please join me in agreeing with what he’s written, and pray for this young man to be okay.


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