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Monday Night Football game postponed after player collapses on the field

Updated January 2, 2023 at 10:33 p.m. ET

The NFL suspended the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night after Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and left in an ambulance.

In an NFL statement, league commissioner Roger Goodell said: “Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field from a team and independent medical workers and local paramedics. He was then taken to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.”

“Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” the NFL said.

“The NFLPA and all in our community pray for Damar Hamlin,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement. “We’ve been in touch with Bills and Bengals players and with the NFL. The only thing that matters right now is Damar’s health and well-being.”

Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills kneel after the Bills' Damar Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle in the first quarter at Paycor Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio had.

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Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills kneel after the Bills’ Damar Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle in the first quarter at Paycor Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio had.

Hamlin, 24, collapsed in the first quarter after colliding with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. After completing a tackle on Higgins, Hamlin stood right up and took a step forward before pausing and collapsing backwards.

Bill’s players immediately signaled on the touchline for help from their coaching staff. Hamlin was out for about 10 minutes, and medical personnel appeared to give Hamlin CPR before he was taken off the field.

Players from both teams gathered around him, both sides looking distraught. The Bills team gathered for a group prayer as he was taken away.

Fans of both teams gathered outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where Hamlin is being held. Bill’s wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also seen in the hospital.

UC Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen told NPR there was no information about Hamlin or the care he is receiving. It’s also unclear when hospital officials will be allowed to brief the media.

A date for the resumption of the game has not been announced.

Hamlin is in his second year in the NFL. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

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