NFL game halted after Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapses | NFL
Monday night’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was suspended after a player collapsed on the field and received CPR before an ambulance took him away.
Midway through the first quarter, Bills safety Damar Hamlin was hit hard on a tackle. He stood up, appeared to adjust his face mask with his right hand, then fell backwards about three seconds later and remained motionless.
Hamlin was surrounded by stunned players from both teams. An ambulance was on the pitch four minutes after it collapsed, with many players in tears. Hamlin’s uniform was cut off and he appeared to be undergoing CPR from medical personnel. ESPN reported on its TV show that he also received oxygen.
When Hamlin was taken off the pitch 16 minutes after collapsing, his team gathered to pray. He was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
“Nobody’s been through this,” longtime NFL quarterback Troy Aikman said on the ESPN telecast. “I’ve never seen anything like it either.”
Play was suspended shortly after and the players left the pitch slowly and into their dressing rooms.
Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report