Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills in "critical condition" after going into cardiac arrest following a tackle in an NFL game

The participant obtained emergency cardiorespiratory help and was evacuated by ambulance to the priority of the remainder of the gamers.

Hamlin (3), on the time of the conflict with HigginsJoshua A. BickelAFP

Buffalo Payments participant damar hamlinis in vital situation after obtain cardiopulmonary help and be evacuated from the sector in an ambulance throughout the Nationwide Soccer League sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Within the sport early Tuesday morning, the 24-year-old Hamlin obtained to his toes briefly after what seemed to be a routine sort out to cease the Bengals’ Tee Higgins with 5:58 remaining within the first quarter. However then he fell backwards.

“Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after being struck in our sport in opposition to the Bengals. His coronary heart price was restored on the sector and he was transported to the UC Medical Middle for additional testing and therapy. He’s at present sedated and in vital situation,” ensures the assertion supplied by his membership on the morning of this Tuesday.

The sport was halted as medical personnel urgently attended to him and gamers from each groups knelt. The NFL later introduced that the sport had been postponed.

As Hamlin was evacuated to the hospital, gamers from each groups headed to their locker rooms, some with tears of their eyes. “Hamlin obtained speedy medical consideration on the sector from the staff, unbiased medical personnel and native paramedics,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated in an announcement.

Hamlin was transported to a neighborhood hospital the place he’s listed in vital situation. “Our ideas are with Damar and the Buffalo Payments. We are going to present extra info because it turns into out there,” the assertion continued.

Hamlins’s household got here down from the stands to affix him as he was transported to the College of Cincinnati Medical Middle. Native media stated that the supporters of each groups remained outdoors the hospital ready for informationsome with candles.

It’s not clear when the match will conclude. The NFL stated in a convention name that the Payments would return to Buffalo and {that a} determination would come later. The Payments are scheduled to shut out the common season on Sunday after they host the New England Patriots whereas the Bengals tackle the Baltimore Ravens.

“That is not our precedence proper now, our concern is for the participant and his well-being,” Jeff Miller, the NFL’s govt vice chairman of communications, public affairs and coverage, informed reporters. “I’m positive that on the applicable time we could have a gathering on the subsequent steps relating to the match.”

“Pray for Hamlin”

The NFL Gamers Affiliation additionally stated Hamlin’s well being was the primary precedence. “We have been in touch with the gamers from the Payments and the Bengals, and the NFL,” he stated. “The one factor that issues proper now could be Damar’s well being and well-being.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul additionally expressed concern for Hamlin. “Our hearts exit to his household, family members and all the BuffaloBills group,” he wrote on Twitter. “Please get effectively,” Arizona Cardinals participant JJ Vatio tweeted.

The Bengals led 7-3 when the harm occurred and Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium was silent after Hamlin collapsed. It rapidly turned clear that the state of affairs was severe.

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The desolation of Hamlin’s companionskirk irwinGetty goes AFP

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow reached out to his Payments counterpart Josh Allen and gave him a hug, whereas followers, lots of whom had been overtly weeping, remained of their seats till it was introduced nearly an hour later that the sport was suspended.

“Please pray for our brother,” Allen tweeted. The gamers and coaches didn’t maintain press conferences. As spectators filed out of the stadium, a Bengals fan stood solemnly holding a swiftly made signal that learn, “Pray for Buffalo #3 Hamlin.”

Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Hamlon educated in faculty soccer on the College of Pittsburgh and was chosen by the Payments within the sixth spherical, 212th general, of the 2021 NFL draft.