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Bills say Damar Hamlin’s collapse on the field was due to cardiac arrest

The Buffalo Bills said safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke during the team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“His heartbeat was restored in the field and he was transferred to UC Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment. He is currently sedated and in critical condition.” said the Bills early Tuesday on Twitter.

Hamlin collapsed during Monday night’s game against Cincinnati and received CPR on the field before being taken to a hospital by ambulance before play was suspended for the night.

Play was suspended after Hamlin collapsed, then temporarily suspended while the players went to their dressing rooms. A little over an hour after the situation erupted, the game was officially postponed by the league.

The NFL said Hamlin received immediate medical care on the field from a team and independent medical personnel, as well as local paramedics.

“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills,” the league said.

The incident happened after Hamlin was involved in a tackle in the first quarter of the game. He seemed to take a hard hit in the chest during the duel. After the play, Hamlin got up – and then suddenly collapsed.

He was quickly surrounded by medical staff who appeared to resuscitate the 24-year-old for several minutes. An ambulance soon arrived on the field and took Hamlin away. According to the ESPN show, he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a facility that is a Tier 1 trauma center. Bill’s star receiver Stefon Diggs was later shown arriving at the hospital.

Just after midnight, NFL officials declined to provide an update on Hamlin’s condition. They also didn’t talk about what the plan might be to resume play, saying it’s not yet under consideration. They stressed that they were in constant communication with coaches and other participants in the game as they weighed the decision before finally deciding to bid the game.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “How can you resume the game after seeing such a traumatic event?”

An NFL spokesman said the Bills are returning to Buffalo.

Players from both sides were visibly shaken after the scary moment with no immediate information available on Hamlin’s condition. At one point, Bills players gathered and knelt in a large prayer circle. According to the show, his mother was at the game.

Hamlin was selected in the sixth round by the Bills in last year’s NFL draft. This year he has emerged as a starter for the team for much of the season. He grew up in Pennsylvania and attended college at the University of Pittsburgh.

The scene that unfolded midway through the first quarter, with the Bengals leading 7-3, cast a chilling shadow over one of the most anticipated games of the NFL season. The Bills and Bengals are both Super Bowl favorites and have young superstar quarterbacks in Josh Allen and Joe Burrow.

But as the players tried to process what was happening on the field, a surreal scene emerged. Players burst into tears and others seemed shocked. Burrow and Allen hugged mid-game.

The dramatic sequence of events began at approximately 8:55 p.m. Eastern Time and Hamlin received medical attention on the field some time thereafter. The ambulance left the stadium about 30 minutes later, by which time the game had been temporarily suspended. Just after 10 p.m., the NFL officially postponed the game.

For a brief moment, it seemed as if the game would quickly resume after the ambulance left the field. The ESPN show said players were given a five-minute warning to warm up and prepare for play to resume.

But after Bills coach Sean McDermott met with fellow coach Zac Taylor, the players headed to the dressing room and play was temporarily suspended.

Vincent said there was never an edict to begin play resuming.

“It never occurred to us to warm up,” he said.

Prayers and well wishes for Hamlin quickly poured in from players across the NFL in the minutes that followed. In the hours following the incident, donors flocked to a charity supported by the Bills player. Early Tuesday morning, donations in excess of $3 million were also sent to a toy drive previously organized by Hamlin. The ride had an initially stated goal of $2,500.

“The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin,” the NFL Players Association wrote on Twitter when it was announced the game had been postponed. “We’ve been in touch with Bills and Bengals players, as well as the NFL. The only thing that matters right now is Damar’s health and well-being.”

The incident quickly sparked flashbacks to some of the scariest medical situations in football history. It has been 51 years since Detroit Lions wide receiver Chuck Hughes collapsed on the field and died during a game. Subsequent tests showed that he had an undiagnosed clogged artery. More recently, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who appeared unable to move his legs on the field after a career-ending spinal injury he suffered in 2017. was below the, the tweeted support for Hamelin.

This was also the second harrowing and high-profile health and safety incident this season to rock the NFL, a league in which player safety is a constantly discussed topic. In back-to-back games earlier this season, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered two violent blows to the head, sparking controversy over whether he suffered an undiagnosed concussion in the first game. After the second hit, he had to be carried off the field and taken to the hospital. Tagovailoa missed Sunday’s game after suffering another concussion.

The NFL didn’t immediately say when the Bills and Bengals could end the game. The window to squeeze something in is tight, with that showdown happening as early as the Monday night before the final weekend of the regular season.

The game also matters for the playoffs as the Bills and Bengals both still have a shot at the No. 1 and a bye in the first round. The two teams vie with the Kansas City Chiefs for that award, with the Bills in pole position if they win their last two games.

Authors: Andrew Beaton at andrew.beaton@wsj.com

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