A Monday Night Football Showdown between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals turned into a scary and emotional scene midway through the first quarter, as Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field.
He immediately received medical attention on the field. According to the Bills statement, he went into cardiac arrest.
His heartbeat was restored on the field, but players and coaches alike visibly shaken up and in shock about their teammate, trying to process the emotions of it all.
He was then transported to the UC Medical Center in Cincinnati where, according to the team, he is sedated and in critical condition.
The NFL released a statement last night announcing that the game was postponed, and they announced today that the game will not be resumed this week. Hamlin's family is also speaking out expressing their appreciation for the outpouring of love and support they've received from the entire football community.
Fans have now donated over three million dollars to his GoFundMe page that he set up in 2020 for a toy drive in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, saying his goal was to give back to his community.
Fans of both the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals also gathered outside of the hospital last night in solidarity, with Hamlin's health on the top of their minds.
"It's everybody coming together you know, and it's a big family," said a Buffalo Bills fan outside of the hospital. "That's what it is, we're all here for him, and I'm just glad to see two different cities coming together."