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Damar Hamlin Injury: Coaches Praised For Intervening After NFL Wanted Game Restarted

Damar Hamlin Injury: Coaches Praised For Intervening After NFL Wanted Game Restarted
By Donny Mahoney Updated
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Monday night's NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills was abandoned after Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a frightening injury in the first quarter of the game.

The score was 7-3 to the Bengals when Hamlin tackled wide receiver Tee Higgins of the Bengals. The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety stood up and then collapsed on his back.

Hamlin received immediate care from doctors and paramedics on the field before eventually being placed in an ambulance. His teammates formed a human wall around him while he was receiving care. Local reporters said a defibrillator was used on the field.

The scenes were eerily reminiscent of when Christian Eriksen collapsed while playing for Denmark in Euro 2020.

Damar Hamlin injury: Game initially suspended for five minutes

However unlike that Denmark game, the match did not proceed. This appears to be despite the initial wishes of the NFL. After Hamlin left the field in an ambulance, players were told by officials they would have five minutes to warm up before the game resumed. However the head coaches of the two teams (Sean McDermott and Zach Taylor) intervened and sent their teams to the dressing rooms. Common sense eventually prevailed and the NFL's head office had the game postponed roughly an hour and ten minutes after the injury occurred.

Both coaches were praised for taking action when it appeared that the NFL wanted the game to go ahead.

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The NFL's head offices released a statement saying Hamlin was in critical condition in a Cincinnati hospital.

Tonight’s Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game has been postponed after Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapsed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced.

Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.

Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. 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.

Hamlin's representatives confirmed that his 'vitals were back to normal' and he was undergoing tests.

The Buffalo Bills confirmed that Hamlin's heartbeat had been restored on the field of play.

The game was a possible preview of the AFC Championship game and featured two of the most exciting teams in the NFL.

The safety of the sport of American football has been under great scrutiny over the past 10 years or so. While serious injuries - especially head injuries - occur all too commonly in the NFL, it's virtually unprecedented for a game to be postponed due to an injury. Such was the severity of the injury and the upset it caused amongst Hamlin's teammates.

Our prayers are with Damar Hamlin and his family.

 

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