During Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during the first quarter of the game. Paramedics were able to perform CPR for 9 minutes, according to play-by-play announcer Joe Buck.
There was five minutes and fifty-eight seconds left to go in the first quarter, Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins hit the 24-year-old safety in the chest with his helmet during a play. Hamlin dragged Higgins down to the ground.
Hamlin stood up right after — but a few seconds later, collapsed.
His heartbeat was restored while on the field before being transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment, the Bills announced early Tuesday.
At the moment, Hamlin is stabilized and sedated in the ICU.
According to his marketing agent, Jordan Rooney said ” his vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests” via Twitter.
“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” the Hamlin family said in a statement released Tuesday. The family said they would share updates on Hamlin’s status as they come in.
The next 24-48 hours will be critical. Currently the game is temporarily suspended until further notice.