BY JEFF NEIBURG
Jan. 3, 2023
Bills safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition after collapsing on field in Cincinnati
Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during the first quarter Monday night at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
The game, which now feels so meaningless, was postponed. The Bills, who were visibly shaken after witnessing their friend and teammate go through minutes of CPR on the field, flew back to Buffalo. And, most importantly, Hamlin, a 24-year-old from western Pennsylvania, is in critical condition.
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The decision to postpone the game was made long after Hamlin collapsed, but there was no other conclusion to reach.
From Ryan O'Halloran: "The football side of postponing the game will be debated. Call the game a tie? Try to play on Tuesday or Wednesday? Those questions will be answered, but at 10:26 p.m., sitting here in the Cincinnati press box, that didn’t matter. All that mattered was the health and well-being of Damar Hamlin."
Here's O'Halloran's column on the 11 minutes that felt like 11 hours.
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Bills, Bengals fans gather to support: Dozens of fans from both teams gathered late Monday night across the street from UC Medical Center to show support for Hamlin, who was in critical condition inside the hospital. “This is one of those things that is going to stay with me the rest of my life." Read more
Photos: Here was the scene on the field as Bills players reacted and then prayed for Hamlin. View photos
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