Here’s what happened after Damar Hamlin collapsed during the Bills-Bengals game : NPR
Joshua A. Bickel/AP
After Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during Monday Night Football’s Bengals-Bills game, shocked players, coaches and fans suddenly saw the excitement of a primetime matchup replaced by shared concern and hope : that Hamlin survives the night.
Hamlin, 24, received CPR and other treatment at the scene for more than nine minutes, as medical staff worked to save his life. He was then taken to a Cincinnati hospital where he remains in intensive care, listed in critical condition. said the Bills.
“His heartbeat was restored on the field,” the team he said early Tuesday.
The traumatic events took place in front of a stadium full of Cincinnati Bengals and a mass of viewers – many of whom spent Monday night sharing their prayers and wishes for Hamlin’s recovery.
The medical emergency caused the NFL to postpone the game – and as of early Tuesday afternoon, no potential date has been announced to resume the competition. The situation also raised questions about how the decision to stop the game was made, after ESPN and others initially reported players were told to prepare to take the field again after Hamlin left in an ambulance.
Here is a timeline of events as they unfolded:
8:56 pm ET — Hamlin tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins around midfield, slapping him in the chest. The time was recorded both by a reporter Luke Jones of local TV station WKRC and liveblog from Sports News. At first glance, the play didn’t seem unusual, as Hamlin initially stood up and adjusted his face mask — but then collapsed, falling back onto the turf.
Medical personnel rushed to Hamlin’s aid, and several players and coaches took a knee as the gravity of the situation became clear. He suffered the injury when there were almost six minutes left in the first quarter.
The ESPN broadcast repeatedly cut to commercials – standard practice during injury timeouts. When the program resumed, NFL players could be seen openly weeping as emergency medical staff gathered around the stricken athlete. ESPN announcer Joe Buck seemed stunned into silence along with everyone else.
“There’s nothing to say right now,” Buck said at one point, as the cameras showed Bills coach Sean McDermott and players Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, their faces contorted with emotion and concern.
9 pm — An ambulance was seen speeding back across the field to Hamlin at Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium, in video posted by local sports reporter Joe Danneman of local television station FOX 19.
“They are working intensely on Damar Hamlin,” Buck said.
For more than 9 minutes, the medical staff fought to help Hamlin, ESPN sideline a reporter Noticed Lisa Salters. Buck confirmed that paramedics were performing CPR on Hamlin during the commercial breaks.
“The entire Bills team is on the field right now,” Salters said. “Several players are on their knees, other players are holding their hands, praying. You can only see the worried look on their faces.”
Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow and other Bengals also gathered near midfield. After minutes of silence in the stadium, there was a brief applause when Hamlin appeared on a stretcher.
9:12 pm — The ambulance carried Hamlin off the field, according to Sporting News. The emergency vehicle then stopped in the parking lot — apparently to give Hamlin’s mother, who was at the game, time to ride in the ambulance with her son, Danneman reported.
“I have no idea how anyone is expected to continue playing this game,” Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, which is based in Cincinnati, he tweeted. “What a horrible scene that was.”
Officials spoke with both coaches on their sidelines, Dehner added.
9:14 pm — “The players are coming back on the field and it looks like the game will go on,” ESPN’s Ben Baby reported. Burrow was seen throwing a warmup pass, with his helmet back on.
But then Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor walked across the field to talk to his counterpart, McDermott.
“They were given 5 minutes to, quote unquote, prepare to play again,” Buck said of the situation. “That’s the word we get from the league and the word we get from down on the field, but nobody moves.”
“They were given five minutes to quote-unquote prepare to play again. That’s the word we get from the league and the word we get from below on the field, but nobody moves.” https://t.co/oOxWuWc1Dd
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 3, 2023
9:16 pm — The game was temporarily suspended, Dehner reported.
“It looks like Sean McDermott, after talking to Zac Taylor, is going to pull his team off the field,” Buck said, just before the decision was announced on the field. Buck was then he said on the air that NFL officials had decided that the teams needed an opportunity to “regroup.”
The Bengals announced the suspension remains “until further notice.”
9:29 pm — “Zac Taylor just went to the Bills locker room and he’s waiting outside,” Danneman reportedand added that Taylor and McDermott then met together with the referees.
9:30 pm — The ambulance carrying Hamlin arrived at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Jones reported.
10 pm — “We just received word that this game has been officially suspended by the NFL,” the Sporting News reported.
As questions remained about the apparent initial plan to restart play, local TV station WCPO, which was carrying the game, noticed that the five-minute warm-up period is standard protocol after many delays.
“However, coaches Zac Taylor and Sean McDermott met and brought their two teams back to their locker rooms,” the station said. “They appeared in the tunnel between the locker rooms meeting with the officials of the game and passing the phone to each other. Shortly after that phone call, the league announced that the games had to be suspended indefinitely.”
The station also said that before the game was formally suspended, Burrow and other Bengals players had left their home locker room to join Bills players in the visitors’ facility.
Dylan Buell/Getty Images
10:01 pm — The NFL Players Association he said her entire community “is praying for Damar Hamlin.”
We have been in contact with the Bills and Bengals players, and with the NFL,” the union added. “The only thing that matters at this time is Damar’s health and well-being.”
10:07 pm — NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy he tweeted statement on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to postpone the game, saying “the NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association that it agrees with the postponement of the game.”
12:17 am Tuesday — NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that in a conference call with reporters after the game, Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said that despite earlier reports, the league never sought to restart the game.
“There was no period of time for the players to warm up,” Vincent said, according to Garafolo. “It never crossed our minds to talk about warming up to start the games. That’s ridiculous. That’s insensitive. That’s not a place we should ever be.”
1:48 am Tuesday — Buffalo Bills issued a statement on Hamlin’s medical status:
“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest after a hit in our game against the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”
1:34 pm Tuesday — The NFL came out statement said the Bills-Bengals game would not resume this week — its 18th and final week of the season — and added that the league “has not made any decision regarding the possibility of resuming ‘ the game will start at a later date.”