Monday Night Football game suspended after player collapses and receives CPR


Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed in the first quarter of a Monday Night Football game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

An ambulance arrived on the field, and Hamlin received CPR for nearly 10 minutes. Emotional players and coaches stood by, and the Bills got down on their knees to pray.

The game was suspended and both teams retired to their locker rooms.

Buffalo Bills players gather and pray after teammate Damar Hamlin #3 collapsed on the field after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday.Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The broadcast team narrating the game and their colleagues at the network’s New York studio were also excited.

Hamlin, 24, hit a receiver, scrambled to his feet, then fell on his back.

The Buffalo Bills tweeted “Bills Mafia is with you, @HamlinIsland”, referring to the player and a name for Bills fans. The Bengals were among the teams that responded with a praying hands emoji.

Play was temporarily suspended with 5:58 left in the first quarter.

The NFL Players Association, which is the union of players, tweeted «Sending big prayers and love to» Hamlin.

Hamlin is a native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, which is near Pittsburgh, and was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

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