Monday night football game suspended after player collapse, gets CPR

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed in the first quarter on Monday Night Football during a game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

An ambulance arrived on the field and Hamlin received CPR for almost 10 minutes. Emotional players and coaches stood by and the Bills knelt in prayer.

The match was suspended and both teams retired to their locker rooms.

Buffalo Bills players gather and pray after teammate Damar Hamlin #3 collapsed on the field after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday.Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The broadcast team calling the game and their colleagues at the network’s studio in New York were also emotional.

Hamlin, 24, hit a receiver, got up and then fell to his back.

The Buffalo Bills tweeted “Bills Mafia is with you, @HamlinIsland”, referencing the player and a name for Bills fans. The Bengals were among the teams that responded with a praying hands emoji.

The game was temporarily suspended with 5:58 minutes left in the first quarter.

The NFL Players Association, which is the players’ union, tweeted “Sending great prayers and love to” Hamlin.

Hamlin is from McKees Rocks, Pa., near Pittsburgh, and he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.


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