Bills’ Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after hit in Bengals game, remains in ‘critical condition’

Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and transported to a Cincinnati hospital via ambulance in a frightening incident on Monday night.

Hamlin fell to the ground after a seemingly routine hit during the “Monday Night Football” Bills-Bengals matchup. The 24-year-old hit the turf and laid motionless following his collapse.

(Editor’s note: Due to the graphic nature of the incident, The Sporting News will refrain from showing the video. You can find video of the hit here.)

According to the Buffalo Bills official Twitter account, Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest as a result of the tackle.

The ESPN broadcast indicated as Hamlin was suffering the medical emergency that medical personnel were “frantically” administering CPR to Hamlin — they had been working on him for over 10 minutes. The broadcast also reported that Hamlin was given oxygen as he was loaded onto the ambulance.

Players for both teams were visibly shaken after the incident, with several shedding tears, including quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

The game was temporarily suspended 23 minutes after Hamlin suffered the injury and was later suspended indefinitely.

Here’s the latest on Hamlin’s condition:

Demar Hamlin updates

The ESPN broadcast reported that Hamlin was given oxygen as he was loaded into the ambulance. ESPN’s Joe Buck reported that medical officials were “frantically administering” CPR as he laid on the turf.

After being transported to the hospital, Hamlin’s condition was officially listed as “critical,” per NFL release.

Hamlin’s family joined him in an ambulance as it departed at 9:25 p.m. ET, according to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati medical center, a Level 1 trauma facility.

Ira Turner, Hamlin’s agent, said there is no update to Hamlin or his status. 

ESPN initially reported there was no planned update on Hamlin’s condition from the hospital.

Update: Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, said although Hamlin remains on a ventilator, he is now using it for 50 percent of his breathing rather than 100 percent despite “a little lung damage.” “That’s a good thing. That’s a good sign.”

Update: Early on the afternoon of Jan. 3, the Bills and the NFL released new statements about Hamlin and the status of the game.

Update: On Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 11:44 a.m., the Hamlin family released a statement regarding Damar.

On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words, and donations from fans around the country.

We also want to acknowledge the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care to Damar. We feel so blessed to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for everything they’ve done.

Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. 

Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates asa soon as we have them.

Update: At 1:48 a.m. ET on Jan. 3, the Bills provided clarification regarding what happened to Hamlin.

The game was initially listed as “temporarily suspended,” leading to players and coaches from both teams returning to their respective locker rooms. Soon after, the game was postponed. 

This story is updating.

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