Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin received CPR after collapsing on the field after a tackle against the Bengals during “Monday Night Football.”
After the game was temporarily suspended, both teams went to their locker rooms.
After a delay, the game was officially suspended. This will be resumed at a later date and time. Hamlin is in critical condition, according to the NFL.
“Hamlin received immediate attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics,” the NFL said in a statement. “He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.”
A second-year player from the University of Pittsburgh made a tackle during the first quarter and got up before falling back to the ground.
The condition of Hamlin rapidly deteriorated as an ambulance was rushed to the scene and paramedics began treating him.
During ESPN’s broadcast, medical officials performed CPR on Hamlin. The player was placed on a stretcher and administered an IV while surrounded by emotional players from both teams. A medical ambulance transported him from the field while providing oxygen to him. Hamlin was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
At the hospital, Hamlin’s vital signs returned to normal, according to Hamlin’s agent.
“His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat,” Hamlin’s agent, Jordan Rooney, tweeted later in the evening. “They are currently running tests.”
As both teams prayed for Hamlin, they huddled on the field before returning to their locker rooms.
Originally, the Bengals and Bills were supposed to have five minutes to warm up and resume play, but the game was temporarily suspended in order to allow both teams a chance to regroup. The Bengals led 7-3 at the time the game was called.
“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills,” according to a statement issued by the league. “We will provide more information as it becomes available. The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game.”