- Jul 12, 2022
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On Monday night, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to CNN, the 24-year-old player experienced cardiac arrest. At this time, it’s unclear what caused the arrest, but Hamlin remains sedated and in critical condition.
Hours ago, the Buffalo Bills team shared that Hamlin’s heartbeat was restored before emergency personnel transferred him to the hospital.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Video of the unsettling moment began circulating online almost immediately. After tackling the Bengals’ player Tee Higgins, Hamlin (player #3) stood up but fell limp on his back moments later. Seconds after his collapse, Bills team trainers rushed to assist the safety. He was worked on for about nine minutes, including given CPR, before the transfer to UC Medical Center.
Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin is in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest on the field roughly halfway through the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field. pic.twitter.com/2hVbDj9FxL
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 3, 2023
Here’s a reported timeline of Hamlin’s cardiac arrest:
- 8:55 p.m. ET: Damar Hamlin collapses
- 9:18 p.m. ET: Game is suspended
- 9:25 p.m. ET: Ambulance transporting Hamlin leaves stadium
- 10:01 p.m. ET: Game is postponed
Hamlin Receives Widespread Support From Team And Fans Following Collapse And Comments By Skip Bayless
There were about 5:58 minutes left in the first quarter of the NFL game when Hamlin collapsed. At this time, it’s unclear if the game will be rescheduled. However, NFL Executive VP of Operations Troy Vincent said the league and NFL Players Association agreed on the short-lived game. Moreover, none of the Bills or Bengals coaches and players asked to continue playing.
Instead, players, particularly from the Bills team, embraced, cried, and prayed together on the field following Hamlin’s collapse. Coaches, teammates, and NFL teams also took to Twitter with requests for prayer–and even privacy.
And plenty of folks, including Matt Barnes and Isiah Thomas, stood behind Damar when sports columnist and commentator Skip Bayless made a comment about postponing the game “this late in the season.” Bayless later issued an apology, but calls for him to be canceled haven’t stopped as of Tuesday morning.
“Nothing is more important than that young man’s health. That was the point of my last tweet. I’m sorry if that was misunderstood, but his health is all that matters. Again, everything else is irrelevant. I prayed for him & will continue to,” Bayless said.
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