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Damar Hamlin - Latest: Buffalo Bills Share Injury Update After Cardiac Arrest On NFL Field

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Bills safety Damar Hamlin stayed on the field after a frightening hit

NFL player Damar Hamlin is showing “signs of improvement” but remains in intensive care after suffering on-field cardiac arrest, his team said in a Wednesday night update.

The Buffalo Bills player remains in critical condition in the hospital after collapsing after making a tackle on Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins during Monday night’s game.

Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, told CNN late Tuesday that his nephew had to be resuscitated twice, although family friend and Hamlin marketing representative Jordon Rooney clarified those remarks Wednesday morning. – saying that Glenn got it wrong and the bouncer was resurrected only once.

“Right now things are moving in a positive direction,” Rooney told the NFL Network. “What the doctors were looking to see, I think they saw. There were some reports last night that he was resuscitated twice. I wanted to clarify, we spoke badly, he was only resurrected once.”

Hamlin’s family thanked the fans, in addition to praising the work of the medical team and the support of the Bengals and coach Zac Taylor. “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country,” read a statement on Tuesday.

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All of us who watch this brutal – but exciting – sport are responsible for what happened to Damar Hamlin

After 24 years, Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin makes the loud tackle, he quickly gets back to his feet. He seems to be fine. But after two steps, he collapses, falling onto the field, unable to move.

We know that the medical team that rushed onto the field had to restart the player’s heart before he was evacuated by ambulance and taken to the hospital, while the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals players sat or prayed, utterly distraught.

The young man was in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was sedated and is undergoing “additional testing and treatment.”

There was an outpouring of emotional messages of support from fans and players alike, wishing Hamlin a speedy recovery, particularly from Tee Higgins, the Bengals player he beat. “I’m praying you recover bro. Love,” he wrote on Twitter.

But that’s it? Is that all that’s going to happen? That is the only reflection that will happen after this game, which would only have been canceled after the accident, after the intervention of the two coaches.

Andrew Buncombe gives his thoughts on the Damar Hamlin incident:

Graeme MassieJanuary 5, 2023 10:03 am

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Matthew Stafford’s Wife Kelly Shares An Emotional Message To Other NFL Wives After Damar Hamlin’s Meltdown

Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly Stafford, shared an emotional post for her NFL wives after Buffalo Bills forward Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field during a game.

The 32-year-old podcast host took to Instagram on Tuesday to share her message, where she told the wives of NFL players that it was “okay not to be okay” and that she was there for them.

“To all the women out there who have significant others playing this field… I’m with you if it’s not okay,” she wrote. “I am not well and I continue to ask myself difficult questions.”

Stafford noted the concerns she has about her husband and his safety when he is on the football field.

lucas bakerJanuary 5, 2023 9:49 am

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Hamlin meltdown spurs new wave of vaccine misinformation

Unsubstantiated claims about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines have proliferated in the hours and days after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during Monday’s game, revealing how widespread misinformation about vaccines remains three years into the pandemic.

Even before Hamlin was pulled from the field in Cincinnati, posts racking up thousands of shares and millions of views began circulating online claiming without evidence that complications from COVID-19 vaccines caused his health emergency.

While cardiac experts say it’s too early to know what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop, they have pointed to a rare type of trauma called commotio cordis as a possible culprit. Doctors interviewed by the Associated Press say there is no indication that Hamlin’s vaccine status played a role and said there is no evidence to support claims that several young athletes have died as a result of COVID vaccines.

lucas bakerJanuary 5, 2023 09:31

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Bills coach says ‘I shouldn’t be coaching this game’ after Damar Hamlin meltdown

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor paid tribute to the medical staff who helped Damar Hamlin.

“They were prepared,” says Taylor. “They gave Damar the best chance. I was really impressed and grateful for the work they did to be ready for times like this.”

Taylor also praises fellow coach Sean McDermott and his words when they met on the field.

Taylor says McDermott told him, “I need to be in the hospital because of Damar. I shouldn’t be coaching this game. That, to me, provided all the clarity.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 09:15

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Damar Hamlin’s father condemns ‘backlash’ against Tee Higgins

ICYMI: Damar Hamlin’s family has asked that there be no negative reaction towards the Cincinnati Bengals player, who was involved in the incident that led to Hamlin’s collapse.

Wide receiver Tee Higgins was tackled by Buffalo Bills safety before suffering cardiac arrest during the game on Monday night.

Higgins largely received a huge outpouring of support over the incident, but the small amount of negative sentiment coming his way was quickly and firmly condemned by Hamlin’s family.

“Damar’s parents were a little frustrated that Tee was getting any kind of backlash,” family friend and Hamlin marketing representative Jordon Rooney told NFL Network. “This was a normal football game.

“Tee reached out, he’s been supportive, so the family doesn’t want any negative reactions towards him.”

(AP)

Graeme MassieJanuary 5, 2023 09:01

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Shannon Sharpe explains Skip Bayless’ indisputable absence and feud after Damar Hamlin collapse

Bayless then generated an angry backlash after questioning whether the NFL should postpone the game after Hamlin was carried off the field and left in critical condition as the play-offs approached.

Sharpe elaborated on his disagreement with Bayless’s tweet in an opening monologue on Wednesday’s Fox Sports 1 show: “There has been a lot of speculation as to why I wasn’t here yesterday and I won’t go into speculation, conjecture or innuendo.

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 08:35

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Bengals v Bills will be repeated?

The NFL is weighing its options regarding the Bengals-Bills game with the regular season finale set for this weekend.

Ian Rapoport mentions that the NFL would consider the match “no contest” or a tie, which would be at the commissioner’s discretion and would allow the league to go by winning percentage to determine seeds and byes.

Another option is to go back to the play-offs and have a Week 19, although Ian Rapoport says that option is “unlikely”.

This would ensure that the wildcard weekend was pushed to the divisional round weekend, and so on. It’s unclear if that would mean a week-long buildup to Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 or what would happen to the traditional Pro Bowl slot during the weekend before that.

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 08:20

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Tucker Carlson calls medical experts ‘healers’ as right-wing figures spread anti-vaccine misinformation after Damar Hamlin meltdown

ICYMI: Moments after Buffalo Bills quarterback Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a tackle on Jan. 2, Covid-19 conspiracy theorists and right-wing personalities unfoundedly blamed his injuries on the side effects of the vaccine.

Anti-vaccine influencers and right-wing media figures also shared debunked claims about athletes allegedly passing out after vaccinations.

Hamlin remains in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a Jan. 3 statement from the Bills staff. His heartbeat was restored “on the field and he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment,” the statement said.

On his show that night, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson falsely claimed that Mr. Hamlin suffered a “heart attack” and said medical experts who have dismissed conspiracy theories related to Covid-19 are “lying” and “sorcerers”.

“What we don’t know can fill volumes,” he said. “We don’t know the answer and there’s no way to know the answer.”

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 08:05

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Joe Biden speaks to the family of seriously injured NFL player Damar Hamlin

The US president told reporters on his return to the White House from Kentucky that he had spoken “at length” with Hamlin’s mother and father as their son remains in critical condition.

The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills player is being treated at a Cincinnati hospital after hitting a Cincinnati Bengals player and collapsing during the game on Monday night.

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 07:50

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NFL emergency action plan ‘executed to perfection’ after Damar Hamlin meltdown

Damar Hamlin’s meltdown sparked a conference call in NFL circles, with NFL insider Ian Rapoport describing it as “emotional”.

The nature of the call included each team’s “preparation” for situations like Hamlin’s, the “emergency action plan” was addressed, something not made publicly available or seen until Monday’s game between the Bills and Bengals.

Former NFL cornerback and current Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations Troy Vincent was visibly moved by the call, stating, “The emergency action plan was executed flawlessly and gave our brother Damar another day of life”.

Jack RathbornJanuary 5, 2023 07:35

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