Bills’ Damar Hamlin gets CPR after terrifying blow against Bengals
In the middle of the first quarter of Monday Night Football, Buffalo Damar Hamlin’s safety fell after a tackle on Cincinnati. Hamlin completed the tackle, stood up momentarily and fell to the field. Medical help reached Hamlin immediately with no quick indication of injury being given afterwards. The game was temporarily paused with 5:58 remaining for the first quarter.
After hitting the ball with Tee Higgins, Hamlin’s head hit the field in what looked like a regular tackle. The Bills and Bengals players quickly surrounded the 24-year-old Hamlin as an ambulance was brought onto the pitch to better assist medical staff. The ABC broadcast mentioned that Hamlin needed oxygen as he was put in an ambulance on a stretcher after being given CPR. After the ambulance left the field, the Bills prayed as a team with several players including Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs clearly affected and looking devastated by the events.
After such a traumatic event, the question remains as to how both teams can get back on the field and play a game that thrives on physical contact, especially as there are so few details about the situation. Hamlin’s status.
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.