The NFL’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was postponed after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and required CPR shortly after a tackle.
Shocking footage shows the moment Hamlin, #3, recovered back to standing position after making a tackle, then suddenly and unexpectedly fell backwards during the first quarter of the game.
Players took knees on the field in solidarity with Hamlin as an ambulance arrived on the scene.
Bills players looked distressed in the wake of their fellow teammate’s unexpected collapse.
Bills players and staff surrounded Hamlin as he was administered CPR.
Fox 19 sports journalist Joe Danneman reported Hamlin was transported to
University of Cincinnati Medical Center with a pulse, but was unable to breathe on his own, noting he also needed an automated external defibrillator and CPR while on the field.
The NFL released a statement saying the game would be postponed after Hamlin was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
“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,” the statement reads.
In an update Monday night, Hamlin’s representative Jordon Rooney said Hamlin’s “vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat,” adding, “They are currently running tests.”
A physician on Twitter claimed without evidence Hamlin’s sudden collapse may have been the result of commotio cordis, which affects athletes that take sudden hits to the chest.
However, many on social media pointed out Hamlin’s sudden collapse looked similar to other athletes’ recent fainting spells, which seem to have increased in frequency in the wake of the Covid jab rollout.
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