CINCINNATI (AP) – Buffalo defensive again Damar Hamlin was in important situation early Tuesday after the Payments say his coronary heart stopped responding to remedy through the Monday Evening Soccer recreation, which was postponed indefinitely.
Hamlin collapsed on the sector through the first quarter of the nationally televised recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals and acquired medical consideration for almost 20 minutes earlier than being taken to a hospital.
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after a success in our recreation in opposition to the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the sector and he was transferred to the UC Medical Middle for additional testing and remedy,” the Payments stated in a press release. “He’s at present sedated and listed in important situation.”
Jordon Rooney, a household consultant who described himself as a very good pal of the participant, informed ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Hamlin’s kinfolk are in good spirits however are going by means of quite a bit and want their privateness. He declined to offer particulars on Hamlin’s situation apart from to say he’s sedated.
“All I can say is that he’s combating; he is a fighter,” Rooney stated.
In a daunting scene, Hamlin was administered CPR on the sector, ESPN reported, whereas surrounded by teammates, a few of them in tears, as they shielded him from public view. He was injured whereas tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins on a seemingly routine play that didn’t seem unusually violent.
The NFL introduced Hamlin’s situation shortly after he was taken to a hospital, however neither the league nor the hospital launched another particulars concerning the 24-year-old’s sickness. The workforce’s assertion was launched earlier than its flight arrived again in Buffalo early Tuesday. There was no fast replace on the longer term state of the sport.
On the play the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin was injured, Higgins led along with his proper shoulder, which hit the defensive again within the chest. Hamlin then wrapped his arms round Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to pull him down. Hamlin shortly stood up, appeared to regulate his face masks along with his proper hand after which fell again about three seconds later and lay immobile.
Hamlin was handled on the sector by workforce and impartial medical personnel and native paramedics, and he was taken by ambulance to College of Cincinnati Medical Middle. Teammate Stefon Diggs later joined Hamlin on the hospital.
About 100 Payments followers and some Bengals followers gathered on a nook a block from the emergency room entrance, a few of them holding candles.
NFL govt vp Jeff Miller informed reporters throughout a convention name early Tuesday that the league had no present plans to play the sport, including that Hamlin’s well being was the principle focus.
An ambulance was on the sector 4 minutes after Hamlin collapsed as many gamers hugged, together with quarterbacks Josh Allen of Buffalo and Joe Burrow of Cincinnati.
“Please pray for our brother,” Allen tweeted.
Hamlin collapsed at 8:55 pm, and when he was taken from the sector about 19 minutes later in what appeared like an eternity, the Payments gathered in prayer. A couple of minutes after the ambulance left the sector, the sport was suspended, and gamers walked off the sector slowly and into their locker rooms the place they awaited phrase on Hamlin and the sport.
“I’ve by no means seen something prefer it since I have been taking part in,” NFL govt Troy Vincent, a six-time Professional Bowl cornerback throughout his profession, stated on the convention name early Tuesday. “Instantly, my gamer hat continued, like, how do you begin taking part in once more after seeing a traumatic occasion in entrance of you?”
Hamlin’s uniform was minimize off as he was being attended to by medical personnel. ESPN reported on its telecast that Hamlin was additionally given oxygen.
Vincent stated the league took no steps to restart the sport and didn’t ask gamers to start a five-minute warm-up interval as introduced by ESPN broadcasters.
“It by no means crossed our thoughts to speak about warming as much as begin taking part in once more,” Vincent stated. “That is ridiculous. That’s insensitive. That isn’t a spot we must always ever be.”
Vincent stated the Payments returned early Tuesday morning to the workforce facility in Orchard Park, New York, aside from just a few gamers who stayed behind with Hamlin.
There was a heavy police presence at Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport when the workforce arrived at about 2:45 a.m. A small group of followers gathered throughout the road from the gamers’ parking space close to the airport. Police blocked off the street to permit the gamers to depart.
The Bengals led 7-3 within the first quarter of a recreation between groups competing for the highest playoff seed within the AFC. Cincinnati entered at 11-4 and main the AFC North by one recreation over Baltimore, whereas AFC East champion Buffalo was 12-3.
“The NFLPA and everybody in our group are praying for Damar Hamlin,” the gamers’ union stated in a press release. “We have been in touch with Payments and Bengals gamers, and with the NFL. The one factor that issues at this level is Damar’s well being and well-being.”
The unfinished recreation has main playoff implications because the NFL enters the ultimate week of the common season, with the wild-card playoff spherical scheduled to start on January 14.
The aftermath of the damage was harking back to when Payments tight finish Kevin Everett lay immobile on the sector after making a sort out on the second-half opening kickoff in Buffalo’s 2007 season-opening recreation in opposition to the Denver Broncos.
Everett suffered a spinal wire damage that originally left him partially paralyzed.
Hamlin spent 5 years of school at Pittsburgh — his hometown — and appeared in 48 video games for the Panthers throughout that span. He was a second-team All-ACC performer as a senior, was voted workforce captain and was chosen to play within the Senior Bowl.
He was drafted within the sixth spherical by the Payments in 2021, performed in 14 video games as a rookie after which turned a starter this yr after Micah Hyde was misplaced for the season with an damage.
By Tuesday morning, a group toy drive organized by Hamlin had elevated to greater than $3.7 million in donations. His set aim was $2,500.
Kathryn Bersani and her mom, Gayle, had been among the many Payments followers who traveled from Buffalo for the sport and went to the hospital from the stadium.
“That is our household Christmas,” Kathryn Bersani stated. “We thought it might be an incredible recreation. Joe (Vacationer) and Josh (Allen) are such nice males. Unhappy, unhappy time. Such a shock. I simply hope he can dwell a standard life. It amazed us.”
Chuck and Janet Kohl went to the hospital after watching the sport at residence.
“That is way more essential than soccer,” Chuck Kohl stated. “Needed to come and pray for Mr. Hamlin.”
Coming into the sport, Hamlin had 91 tackles, together with 63 solo tackles, and 1 1/2 sacks.
A tweet from the Pitt soccer account was easy and clear: “Damar Hamlin is one of the best of us. We love you, 3,” the tweet stated, referring to Hamlin by his faculty jersey quantity. “Praying for you.”
AP Freelancer Jeff Wallner, AP Professional Soccer Author Rob Maaddi and AP Sports activities Writers John Wawrow and Ben Nuckols contributed to this report.
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