UPDATED with extra particulars: Monday Evening Soccer got here to an entire halt tonight when Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sphere after making a deal with in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The second occurred with lower than 6 minutes remaining through the first quarter. Hamlin tackled huge receiver Tee Higgins and was capable of get up however collapsed seconds later.
First responders rushed to the sphere to help the 24-year-old participant and administered CPR for a number of minutes. He was taken to the close by College of Cincinnati Medical Middle in an ambulance.
About an hour after the damage, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned Hamlin was taken to the hospital in “essential situation” and that the sport had been postponed.
“Hamlin obtained instant medical consideration on the sphere by crew and impartial medical workers and native paramedics. He was then transported to a neighborhood hospital the place he’s in essential situation,” learn the official assertion from the NFL.
In the course of the delay, ESPN’s studio analysts tried to place the scenario into perspective for viewers.
“It’s one thing like we’ve by no means seen occur earlier than. I’ve by no means seen it, I’ve by no means been part of it, by no means heard about it. … All you are able to do is pray for this gentleman proper now. … That’s anyone’s son, anyone’s brother, anyone’s father — they need to know what’s occurring,” ESPN studio analyst Booger McFarland mentioned.
Adam Schefter added: “Chilling to look at it. And within the day and age we dwell in, you may simply see on social media [that] each single crew, each single participant, each single particular person providing up their prayers for Damar Hamlin. … The sport is so secondary to every thing else. Nobody cares in regards to the recreation proper no, everyone cares about this younger man, his household and discovering out how he’s doing.”
Gamers from each groups had been distraught by what had simply transpired with their colleague and a few had been even seen crying.
The NGFL assertion added: “Our ideas are with Damar and the Buffalo Payments. We are going to present extra info because it turns into out there. The NFL has been in fixed communication with the NFL Gamers Affiliation which is in settlement with suspending the sport.”
The NFL Gamers Affiliation additionally issued a press release, saying: “The NFLPA and everybody in our neighborhood is praying for Damar Hamlin. Now we have been in contact with Payments and Bengals gamers, and with the NFL. The one factor that issues at this second is Damar’s well being and nicely being.”