Video of the incident was posted to Twitter.
Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Warning: Some viewers may find this video disturbing.As Hamlin, 24, went to tackle Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, the Cincinnati player’s helmet appeared to hit Hamlin in the chest. Hamlin initially stood after the tackle, but then crumpled to the field. Medical personnel then rushed to the field to treat Hamlin, who was taken off the field in an ambulance. “Please continue to pray for Damar and his family. We currently have no update at this time. Will ask that you keep the family in your prayers,” Hamlin’s agent said in a statement, according to The Buffalo News. After a delay, the league announced the game was postponed. Coy Wire, now a CNN sports anchor and a former Buffalo player, said the response to the incident shows the NFL is changing, according to CNN. “Seeing those images scratched open a lot of mental wounds for me personally. I played six of my NFL seasons there, in Buffalo, in that stadium. I played the same position. I played safety there. I’ve experienced injury, loss of consciousness … I’ve been in situations where an ambulance has come on the field, so it resonates,” said Wire, who played for Buffalo from 2002 to 2007. He cited two instances where players had been paralyzed on the field, CNN reported. “In both of those games, ambulances came to the field, there were players huddled, there were tears, there was crying — just like we saw last night,” he said. “But those games went on. The one last night did not. “I think that’s a huge statement that’s being made,” he added. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.