Buffalo Bills safety Dumar Hamlin is in critical condition after collapsing during Monday night’s game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL said in a statement. The league officially postponed the game after a one-hour suspension of play.
Medical professionals gave Hamlin CPR for several minutes before he was put on a board and taken to an ambulance. He was taken to nearby University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Players from both sides swarmed around Hamlin as he received treatment, many of them visibly shaken.
Hamlin appeared to take a hit in the chest while working on Bengals wide receiver Tea Higgins during a 13-yard completion midway through the first quarter.
Play was suspended for more than 20 minutes before officials announced a moratorium on the match and both teams went into the locker room.
Hamlin, 24, spent five years in college in his hometown of Pittsburgh, appearing in 48 games for the Panthers. He was a second-team All-ACC performer as a senior, was named team captain, and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl.
He was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round in 2021 and has appeared in 14 games as a rookie.
Coming into the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin made 91 tackles, including 63 solo tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.
This story will be updated with more information.
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