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NFL suspends Bengals-Bills game, Damar Hamlin hospitalized after on-field collapse

Bills players react after teammate Damar Hamlin was taken off the field in the first quarter of Monday's game. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is in critical condition at a Cincinnati emergency room after he collapsed on the field and was given CPR in a frightening scene during the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Bengals. The NFL later announced the game would be postponed and that Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision.

Hamlin absorbed a hard hit to his upper body, stood up and then collapsed to the ground, his body limp. Medical personnel rushed to him with extreme urgency and, according to reports, administered CPR on the field before loading him into an ambulance and transporting him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Video showed players kneeling and fans applauding as Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance during a Jan. 2 game in Cincinnati. (Video: @cosmicbooknews via Storyful)

Players on both teams encircled Hamlin while he was on the field with tears in their eyes and horrified countenances. Initially, according to ESPN, officials told players they would have five minutes to warm up before resuming the game. NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent adamantly refuted that claim, saying that the league office never discussed resuming play. After conversations between coaches Zac Taylor and Sean McDermott, players retreated to the locker rooms and officials announced the game would be temporarily postponed. The NFL later announced the game would be postponed.