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NFL player collapses mid-game, receives CPR, ambulance rushed on field

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin appeared to collapse following a play on the field; trainers from both teams rushed to his aid and an ambulance was brought on the turf


Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

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By Rachel Engel
EMS1 Staff

Update at 9:25 p.m. CT on Jan. 2:

CINCINNATI — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is in critical condition after collapsing on the field during the Monday Night Football game, Sporting News reported.

After Hamlin received medical attention and CPR, he was transported off the field in an ambulance.

While the NFL initially signaled the game would resume play, it was later suspended, and fans were asked to leave the stadium.

Both the NFL and the NFL’s Player Association released a statement on the incident:

Original reporting:

CINCINNATI — Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin was rushed off the field after collapsing following a tackle in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hamlin reportedly fell to the ground after a collision during game play, and medical trainers rushed to his aid, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. ESPN reported that CPR was being administered to Hamlin.

The safety was removed from the field by ambulance while the game was temporarily suspended.