Last night’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was postponed, after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in the first quarter.
Hamlin had just tackled receiver Tee Higgins. He hopped back to his feet, then fell straight backwards. CPR was administered for several minutes, before Hamlin was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
As of last night, he was in critical condition, but there’s still no word what happened. Hamlin is 24 years old.
At around 10:00 p.m. Eastern, the decision was made NOT to resume the game, which the Bengals were leading 7 to 3. There’s no word yet on rescheduling or resuming. (Here’s the official statement from the NFL.)
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs actually took an uber to the hospital to be with Hamlin. A cop on the site almost didn’t let him in. Luckily, an ESPN reporter was there to vouch for him.
If anything good can be said to have come from this, here it is: Hamlin was raising money for a toy drive on GoFundMe. His goal was $2,500…but as of last night, it had received well over A MILLION DOLLARS in donations.