NFL Players React After Damar Hamlin Collapses During MNF

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SALT LAKE CITY – NFL players and teams shared their support of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin after he collapsed on the field following a hit on Monday Night Football.

The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Bills in Week 17 on Monday, January 2.

With 6:12 remaining in the opening quarter, Hamlin tackled Tee Higgins and stood up before collapsing to the turf. After falling to the ground, Hamlin reportedly received CPR on the field before leaving the stadium in an ambulance.

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Following the ambulance’s departure from the field, the game was temporarily suspended and both teams returned to the locker room.

A short time later, the game was officially postponed.

Current and former players, as well as teams from around the league, shared their support of Hamlin amid the scary situation.

NFL players & teams react after Damar Hamlin collapses

Damar Hamlin collapses during Monday Night Football

Hamlin collapsed on the field and was administered CPR before being driven away in an ambulance during Monday night’s game against the Bengals.

Hamlin collided with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins after a completion. He got to his feet, appeared to adjust his face mask with his right hand, and then fell backward about three seconds later and lay motionless.

Hamlin was surrounded by stunned players from both teams, and when he was taken off the field 16 minutes later, the Bills gathered in prayer.

While medical personnel were gathered around Hamlin, his uniform was cut off and he appeared to be getting CPR. ESPN reported on its telecast that Hamlin was also given oxygen. He was strapped to a backboard and moved into the ambulance.

“No one’s been through this,” longtime NFL quarterback Troy Aikman said on the ESPN telecast. “I’ve never seen anything like it, either.”

The game was suspended 21 minutes after the injury, and players walked off the field slowly.

The 24-year-old Hamlin spent five years of college at Pitt — his hometown — and appeared in 48 games for the Panthers over that span. He was a second-team All-ACC performer as a senior, was voted a team captain and was picked to play in the Senior Bowl.

He was drafted in the sixth round by the Bills in 2021, played in 14 games as a rookie and then became a starter this year once Micah Hyde was lost for the season to injury.

Entering the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin had 91 tackles, including 63 solo tackles, and 1 1/2 sacks.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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