NFL Game Postponed After Buffalo Bills Player Damar Hamlin Collapses, Taken Off Field by Ambulance

UPDATED with NFL’s decision to postpone the game for the night.

The “Monday Night Football” game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was suspended in the first quarter after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed after a hit and was taken off the field by ambulance.

Hamlin, 24, received CPR on the field and was in critical condition, according to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” ESPN reporters described the sight of Bills players opening weeping as the team gathered on the field immediately after Hamlin went down.

“This has been a jarring scene down on that field as players watcing a teammade and a brother go through intense CPR down on that field,” Joe Buck, “MNF” announced, told viewers at 10 p.m. ET after the NFL formally issued the decision to suspend the game for the night.

About 23 minutes after Hamlin collapsed, Bills coach Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor conferred and called a temporary suspension of the game.

Hamlin is a second-year NFL player and was in his second season with the Bills. He was transported to the nearest trauma center to Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. ESPN announcer Joe Buck reported that Hamlin’s mother was on hand for the game and accompanied him to the hospital.

The score was 7-3 Bengals at the time the game was halted with about 6 minutes to go in the first quarter. Hamlin left the field in the ambulance about 9:25 p.m. ET.


Approved ~ MJM