Buffalo Bills player is in critical condition after collapsing in game : NPR

Buffalo Bills running back Damar Hamlin is checked during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday in Cincinnati.

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Buffalo Bills running back Damar Hamlin is checked during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday in Cincinnati.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Damar Hamlin was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday after suffering cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills said.

On Twitter, the Bills said Hamlin’s heart rate returned While on the scene, he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for “further testing and treatment.” The team said Hamlin had been on sedatives.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the region’s only trauma center and is the hospital where Miami Dolphins linebacker Tua Tagovailoa was treated earlier this season after he was sacked and suffered head and neck injuries during a game against the Bengals.

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The NFL announced Hamlin’s condition after Monday night’s suspension of the Bills-Bengals game.

Meanwhile, football fans from both teams gathered at Capital Medical Center early Tuesday to pay tribute to Hamlin.

In a statement released by the NFL, league commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Hamlin was treated on the field by teammates, independent medical personnel and local EMS personnel. He was later transported to a local hospital in critical condition.”

“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” the NFL said.

“The NFLPA and everyone in our community are praying for Damar Hamlin.” NFL Players Association said in a statement. “We’ve been in touch with the Bills, Bengals players and the NFL. What matters at this time is Damar’s health and well-being.”

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Barrow, #9, and Buffalo Bills, Jordan Poyer, #21, take a knee during a first-quarter game at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 02, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Hamlin, 24, went down in the first quarter after colliding with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. After finishing the hit with Higgins, Hamlin immediately stood up, paused and took a step forward before falling backwards.

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Bills players immediately signaled to the sideline for help from their training staff. Medical personnel were idle for 10 minutes before Hamlin was carted off the field.

Players from both teams gather around him, both sides looking dejected. As he was carried away, the Bills team gathered for a group prayer.

NFL players, including the Bills quarterback, expressed their gratitude Josh Allen “Pray for our brother,” he tweeted. Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hospitalized.

Capital Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen told NPR there was no information available about Hamlin or the care he received. It is unclear when hospital officials will release information to the media.

A resumption date has not been announced.

Hamlin is in his second year in the NFL after being drafted in the sixth round out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2021.


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