Damar Hamlin shakes NFL and sports world

Buffalo Bills cornerback Damar Hamlin was given CPR and carted off the field to the UC Medical Center in a horrific scene on Monday Night football. The scary scene shook both the NFL and the entire sports landscape.



January 3, 2023 - 4:01 PM

Buffalo Bills players react after teammate Damar Hamlin (3) was injured against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium on January 02, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images/TNS)

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle during Monday night’s game, causing the NFL to suspend a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals that quickly lost significance in the aftermath of a scary scene that unfolded in front of a national television audience.

“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment,” the Bills said in a statement released early Tuesday. “He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”

The 24-year-old Hamlin was administered CPR on the field, ESPN reported during the broadcast. Teammates surrounded Hamlin, shielding him from public view. Many were weeping and praying while Hamlin was treated on the field by team and independent medical personnel and local paramedics. He was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Teammate Stefon Diggs later went to visit Hamlin at the hospital while fans of both teams gathered outside, holding lit candles and praying.

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