CINCINNATI — Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sector after hitting a Bengals participant and appeared to obtain CPR in a harrowing scene that left teammates in tears and the NFL halting the sport.
LAST: The AP studies that he made it via the evening (see replace story right here…)
Hamlin’s situation was listed as “crucial” in an NFL assertion about an hour later. “Our ideas are with Damar and the Buffalo Payments,” the NFL added.
Hamlin collided with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins after the completion, stood up, then fell again a second or two later and lay immobile. He was surrounded by shocked gamers from each groups, and when he was taken off the sector in an ambulance 16 minutes later, the Payments gathered to wish.
As medical personnel gathered round Hamlin, his uniform was lower off and he seemed to be receiving CPR. He was strapped to the backboard and brought to an ambulance.
“Monday Evening Soccer” was stopped 21 minutes after the damage and the gamers slowly walked off the sector.
An ESPN broadcast later confirmed the 2 head coaches speaking to somebody on the cellphone, then each shaking arms and sharing a second of hug. The sport was then cancelled.
A league official, ESPN workers added, was on the sport and was seen with two head coaches, Sean McDermott of the Payments and Zach Taylor of the Bengals.
Hamlin, 24, is in his second yr with the Payments.
The Bengals took a 7-3 lead into the primary quarter of the first-seeded AFC playoff sport.
“No one’s been via this,” longtime NFL quarterback Troy Aikman mentioned throughout an ESPN telecast. “I’ve by no means seen something prefer it both.”
Buffalo Payments gamers pray for teammate Damar Hamlin through the first half of an NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Picture/Jeff Dean)