Update 1/3/2023: Bills say Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in-game, remains in critical condition
The Buffalo Bills released a statement following safety Damar Hamlin’s in-game collapse on Monday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals. It announces that the 24-year-old suffered a heart attack, and that he remains in critical condition:
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.
Update 1/2/2023: Damar Hamlin’s vitals ‘back to normal’, per his agent
According to Damar Hamlin’s marketing representative, Jordon Rooney, the second-year safety has shown some signs of progress while in hospital: his vitals have returned to normal levels.
Update on Damar:— Jordon Rooney (@jordonr) January 3, 2023
His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests.
We will provide updates as we have them.
Update 1/2/2022: Bills-Bengals Monday night game suspended, safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition
More than an hour after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went down with a scary-looking injury against the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL has officially called the game. Play has been suspended as was announced in an NFL statement:
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.
The game will be resumed at another point, although no further details have been made available yet.
Original story 1/2/2023: Bills-Bengals temporarily suspended following terrifying Damar Hamlin injury
The Monday Night Football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals has been temporarily suspended following a scary-looking injury suffered by Bills safety Damar Hamlin in the first quarter.
Hamlin, 24, made a tackle on the field but did not get up after the play was over. He was quickly tended to by medical personnel, but remained on the ground almost 20 minutes. According to reports from Paycor Stadium, CPR had to be administered and he was in need of supplemental oxygen.
Hamlin was eventually transported to a nearby hospital in an ambulance. Per Joe Danneman of FOX 19 in Cincinnati, Hamlin did have a pulse but was not breathing on his own. He is in critical condition, according to a report by FOX 19’s Tricia Macke.
One hour after the incident, the game officially remains suspended with no decision yet made whether or not play will resume. Obviously, though, the most important story is Hamlin’s well-being.