Chilling scenes as the entire NFL community came together on Monday Night Football with only one thing in mind: the health of a fellow player. What seemed like a routine football play in the Bills vs Bengals game, turned into a life-threatening situation for 24-year old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin. He has been intubated and is now in critical condition.
After what looked to be a helmet-to-helmet (or helmet to chest) hit, Hamlin stood up and immediately collapsed on the field. Shortly after, an ambulance was on the field and the player was tended to for over 20 minutes on the Paycor Stadium turf.
The players were left stunned, distraught
The scenes were shocking, unnerving and gut-wrenching. The player was administered an AED, CPR, given oxygen and an IV bag before being loaded onto the ambulance and carted away 23 minutes after the incident.
Bills players were distraught. QB Josh Allenwas covering his face, visibly upset. While WR Stefon Diggs looked up to the sky with tears running down his face. The ESPN broadcasting team was almost speechless trying to address viewers at home about what was happening.
The game was ultimately suspended.
Head coaches Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor met on the field and quickly agreed, surrounded by officials, that all respective team personnel make way to the locker room. Afterwards, they hugged each other in the stadium tunnels.
Hamlin rode to the hospital in an ambulance with family
Damar Hamlin was taken in an ambulance, by police escort, to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His mother, who was at the game, rode with him. He left the stadium at 9:25 pm ET.
The Game was officially suspended by the NFL at 10:01 pm ET
At exactly 10:01 pm ET, the play was suspended by the NFL for the rest of the night. It is undetermined when the game will be replayed.
The official NFL statement read the following:
“Tonight’s Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game has been postponed after Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapsed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced. Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.
Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available. The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game”.
Hamlin’s vitals are ‘back to normal’ according to friend
According to one of Hamlin’s best friends, Jordon Rooney, Damar Hamlin’s vitals are “back to normal”. At the Level 1 Trauma Center of UC Hospital, tests are being run on the Bill’s safety. According to Rooney, he has been “put to sleep” and a “breathing tube” placed in his throat.
This is a developing story…