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Bills' Damar Hamlin suffers cardiac arrest on field: Safety showing 'remarkable improvement' over last 24 hours

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A frightening and thrilling scene unfolded early in the Monday night game between the Bills and Bengals. With 5:58 left in the first quarter, Bills safety Damar Hamlin passed out seconds after tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. He received immediate medical attention in the field and was transported to UC Medical Center in Cincinnati. Hamlin, 24, suffered cardiac arrest following the hit with his heartbeat restored on the field, the Bills announced in a statement Tuesday morning.

Hamlin remains in critical condition but has taken positive steps. On Thursday, the accounts released an update of the doctors caring for Hamlin at the UC Medical Center, saying that he has shown “remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours” and “demonstrated to appear to be neurologically intact.” His lungs continue to heal and are steadily progressing.

Buffalo plans to train for the first time on Thursday since the incident on Monday night.

CBS Sports NFL member Jonathan Jones also confirmed that Mario Hamlin, Damar’s father, addressed the team on Wednesday night to impart a positive update on this son.

The frightening event sent shockwaves through not just the sports world, but the world at large. This week, US President Joe Biden even spoke with Hamlin’s mom and dad, via Bloomberg News.

In keeping with the most recent Bills update, there was a declaration from Hamlin’s agency, Agency 1 Sports, thanking those who sent him well wishes.

The outpouring of support for Damar across the country has been incredible. Thanks for the calls, messages and emails. Damar made substantial improvements overnight. We are so grateful to all first responders, doctors and hospital staff and everyone who played a role in this process.

Please continue to pray for Damar and we will provide updates as they become available.

The “Monday Night Football” matchup between Buffalo and Cincinnati was officially postponed by the NFL shortly after 10:00 pm ET. It is currently unclear whether or not the NFL plans to resume play between these two clubs. Week 18 is expected to play out as scheduled.

Hamlin received CPR on the field for several minutes as he was placed on a stretcher and eventually into an ambulance. He was given oxygen as he got into the ambulance, which transported him and some family members to the hospital.

On Tuesday morning, family spokesman Jordon Rooney provided an update on Hamlin: “I can’t speak specifically about his medical condition. All I will say is he’s been fighting. He’s a fighter. … A family is in a good mood. We’re honestly taking this minute by minute, hour by hour. … The most important thing is to give the family privacy. … His family is going through a lot right now.

Hamlin’s family released the following press release on Tuesday morning:

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time. We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.

“We also want to thank the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provided exceptional care for Damar. We feel very blessed to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization and have their support. We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for all they’ve done.

“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will release updates as soon as we have them.”

Monday’s game was temporarily suspended after Bills coaches Sean McDermott and Bengals coach Zac Taylor spoke on the field. About an hour later, the NFL decided to postpone the game. He chose not to address a possible rescheduling of the game in a media call on Monday night. That decision will ultimately rest in the hands of Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Bills decided to fly back to Buffalo on Tuesday morning. Numerous members of the Bills and Bengals visited the hospital on Monday night.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Bills released the following statement:

Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

We are grateful and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received thus far.

At around 11:30 pm ET on Monday, Hamlin’s agent, Ira Turner, provided a statement to NFL media: “Please continue to pray for Damar and her family. We do not currently have any updates. We ask that you keep the family in your prayers.”

Hamlin is in the midst of his second season with the Bills. He earned a spot in Buffalo’s starting lineup this season after appearing in 14 games as a rookie. Hamlin played collegiately for Pittsburgh, where he had 276 tackles and six interceptions.

hamlin character and the work ethic led him to make the Bills’ 53-man roster as a rookie despite being a Day 3 draft pick. That same work ethic helped him become a starter this season.

“Damar did a great job,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said of Hamlin during his rookie training camp. “He’s a very instinctive player. … He’s a great kid, he wants this, he’s working hard and he’s giving himself every chance to put himself in the mix despite being a sixth-round pick.”

Bengals owner Mike Brown released a statement, offering support and commenting on how everyone in the stadium handled the “unprecedented” and frightening scene.

Hamlin’s injury sparked an outpouring of emotion and support across the sports world. Each NFL team offered their thoughts via social media. Dozens of players also voiced their support for Hamlin and his Buffalo teammates.

CBS Sports will provide more information about Hamlin as it becomes available.