Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapses on the field, game suspended for rest of night. Bills and Bengals players were clearly emotional on the sideline.
he NFL suspended the rest of the game between the Bills and Bengals on Monday night after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and was rushed to a nearby hospital in Cincinnati.
The game was initially temporarily suspended after Hamlin was down on the field for several minutes while medical personnel administered CPR. Hamlin was eventually put onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.
The NFL said he was in critical condition.
The scary incident occurred with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter and Cincinnati leading the game, 7-3. The Bengals were on their second drive of the game when quarterback Joe Burrow threw a pass to Tee Higgins. Bills safety Hamlin came over to make a tackle to end the play.
Hamlin got up from the ground and took a few steps backward before he collapsed to the Paycor Stadium turf. Medical personnel came over to Hamlin to attend to him as the ESPN broadcast went to commercial. A stretcher and backboard came out and later the ambulance.
Hamlin was on the ground for a while and multiple reporters indicated he was receiving CPR from the medical staff on the ground before he was put into the ambulance. According to FOX19, Hamlin was being rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The football world offered their prayers for Hamlin. Players and coaches from both teams were in tears and prayed for the best possible outcome.
The Bills selected Hamlin with the No. 212 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He played in 14 games last season – mostly on special teams – in his rookie season.
Hamlin, 24, was playing his 16th game of the season. He had seen more time on the field as he recorded 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks.