Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapses on field, game temporarily suspended

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was involved in a terrifying incident Monday in the team’s Week 17 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

With 5:58 remaining in the first quarter, Hamlin tackled Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin appeared to get up unscathed from the tackle, but took a few steps back and collapsed on the field.

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Medical personnel came onto the field to treat Hamlin and brought out a stretcher and backboard to transport him out of Paycor Stadium. Moments later, an ambulance was seen on the field, and the broadcast showed Bills coach Sean McDermott, quarterback Josh Allen, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs emotionally on the field as they waited for word on Hamlin.

The entire Bills team was on the field and the players were seen praying. The entire stadium fell silent.

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According to multiple reports, medical personnel were performing CPR on Hamlin. He eventually put him in the back of an ambulance and took him to the hospital.

The game was temporarily suspended and the players returned to the locker room.

The injury he sustained was not immediately clear.

The Bills selected Hamlin with the 212th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He played in 14 games last season, mostly on special teams, in his rookie season.

Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills on the field before a game against the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
(Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Images)

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Hamlin was playing his 16th game of the season. He had seen more time on the field as he recorded 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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