NFL player Damar Hamlin receives CPR on field, hospitalized in critical condition as Bills vs Bengals game gets postponed

The NFL world witnessed another horrific injury last night in the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. The visiting team’s young defender, Damar Hamlin, sustained a serious, life-threatening injury and was rushed to the hospital instantly.

What actually happened to Damar Hamlin?

The 24-year-old was in the starting lineup for the Bills as they faced the 17th week’s last match. He only got to play for five minutes before collapsing on the field with no symptoms. During the first quarter of the game, Damar completed a tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and quickly got up, followed by a horrific collapse.

According to the ESPN broadcaster, “He made a hit, he got up, took a couple of steps and then just fell to the ground.” The team’s medical personnel treated him for 10 minutes and suddenly they started administering CPR and defibrillator. After showing no signs of improvement, the Hamlin was placed on the ambulance and rushed off to Cincinnati Medical Center. His family was also taken away afterwards.

During this time, the whole stadium went into a chilling silence, and the Bills players were seen to be emotional and distressed. As the paramedics were providing treatment, both teams’ players surrounded him to maintain privacy. This incident reminded us of Denmark’s soccer player Christian Eriksen’s shocking cardiac arrest during the Euro championship.

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Bills players Tre’Davious White, left, and Mitch Morse reacts after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday night’s game. (credit: Getty)

The match was initially ‘temporarily suspended’ and postponed after an hour by the NFL, which provided an official statement regarding the injury.

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Credit: NFL Twitter

Prayers from people at all levels—players, coaches, fans, and celebrities—for the young pro footballer and his family.

Damar Hamlin was drafted in the 2021 NFL draft and picked by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round. Before that, he played for Pittsburgh from 2016–2021.

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There is still no update from the hospital regarding the defender’s health. Stay tuned to SportsZion for more. We are praying for Damar Hamlin and his family.


Shahbaj Arefin

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Shahbaj Arefin is a professional Sports Content Writer at SportsZion. He mostly covers NBA, alongside NFL and MLB. His favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan. Arefin is also a football enthusiast. He is a die-hard supporter of Argentina and Chelsea FC, frequently posting on Facebook during the their matches.


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