The NFL match-up between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals has been temporarily suspended after a scary incident which saw Bills player Damar Hamlin taken from the field in an ambulance. The 24-year-old safety stood up after making a seemingly innocuous tackle before collapsing to the ground.
Medicall attention was immediately called for Hamlin, with broadcasters reporting paramedics performed CPR on the Bills star for up to 10 minutes. He was soon placed on a stretcher and lifted into a waiting ambulance while clearly shaken-up teammates and opponents watched on.
It was a sombre scene in Ohio, with the temporary suspension of the match, which was mid-way through the first quarter, soon announced by the Bengals. The ambulance carrying Hamlin was given a police escort to a nearby hospital.
Reports from the ground indicated Hamlin not only needed CPR, but also needed the aid of an automated external defibrillator (AED) before being loaded into the ambulance. Not just NFL fans, but sporting fans worldwide, were left shocked by the incident.
Social media was flooded with prayers and well-wishes for the 24-year-old, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Many were horrified by the seemingly innocuous nature of Hamlin's collision with Bengals opponent Tee Higgins.
I am terrified for Damar Hamlin & his family
Please be okay
— Will Compton (@_willcompton) January 3, 2023
Praying for Damar Hamlin.
Please God help this young man pull through this. Petrifying scene.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) January 3, 2023
Prayers to Damar Hamlin
Such a scary situation
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) January 3, 2023
Prayers up for Damar Hamlin.🙏🏾
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) January 3, 2023
Suspending gameplay is absolutely the right call. Praying for Damar Hamlin.
— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) January 3, 2023
I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. Ever.
Anytime your brother gets carted off it’s scary, but this feels different.
Praying for you fervently Damar Hamlin.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 3, 2023
This game needs to be canceled. Players are human beings first with feelings and families and their brother Damar Hamlin has a scary life-threatening issue that's way more important than the game. It's the right thing to do.
— Lake Lewis Jr (@LakeLewis) January 3, 2023
NFL match postponed after horrifying Damar Hamlin incident
Reporters at the stadium 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. Both coaches met with the officials, and a little more than 20 minutes after Hamlin collapsed, officials said the game was temporarily suspended. Both teams headed back to the locker room.
It was a frightening situation. ESPN showed several players, including Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who were obviously emotional over what they had seen. Bills receiver Stefon Diggs was in tears on the field.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” a somber Kurt Warner said on the NFL Radio broadcast.
After the injury, both coaches met with the on-field officials. At about 9:17 p.m, a little more than 20 minutes after Hamlin collapsed, officials said the game was temporarily suspended.
The call on whether to postpone or continue the game was up to the NFL and specifically commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN said. ESPN showed footage of Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor taking turns talking on a cell phone outside of the locker rooms underneath the stadium, then sharing a brief hug. Shortly after, the report came that the game was suspended.
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