Monday Night Football Postponed After Bills’ Hamlin Collapses, Receives CPR On Field

A disturbing scene played out in front of a nationwide television audience on Monday night, as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed after a play and received CPR on the field.  

The 24-year-old’s collapse happened with 5:58 to play in the first quarter. He’d just tackled Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin got up immediately, but then stood still for a moment before falling backward to the ground. 

Things took an even more ominous turn when medical staff began performing CPR on Hamlin where he fell on the field. The entire Bills team surrounded him as lifesaving measures were administered for several minutes. Many players were clearly emotionally shaken by what they were witnessing. 

An ambulance urgently backed onto the field before whisking Hamlin away to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center at 9:25 pm, some 16 minutes after his sudden collapse. Hamlin has reportedly been intubated and is listed in critical condition. 

After Hamlin was driven away, Bills players continued kneeling together in a circle, before returning to the sideline. Bengals coach Zac Taylor then approached Bills coach Sean McDermott and began a discussion with game officials.

At roughly 10 pm, the NFL announced a full postponement of the game, which the Bengals were leading 7-3.  “The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game,” the league said in a brief statement.

Meanwhile, some on social media wondered, speculated and argued about the cause of Hamlin’s collapse…

With only one week left in the NFL season, Monday night’s game was critical to both teams’ 2022 campaigns. The Bengals could have clinched the AFC North with a win. Meanwhile, if the Bills won Monday and again next week, they’d have locked up the AFC’s top seed and home field advantage throughout their playoff quest. 

Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless triggered a social media feeding frenzy with an innocuous tweet: 

Bayless is a sports journalist who merely commented on the scheduling conundrum facing the league — and he himself acknowledged that such considerations seem insignificant given what took place. Nonetheless, the innocent tweet gave countless people an excuse for low-IQ, sanctimonious, attention-seeking, phony outrage: 

Others shared video of Hamlin, a McKees Rocks, PA native who played college football for Pittsburgh, at his annual toy drive:

…while others shared a heartwarming clip of Hamlin and his family before the game:


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