NFL reportedly cancels Bills-Bengals Game after Hamlin’s cardiac arrest. The cancellation of the game is coming just three days after the Bills’ safety collapsed on the field during a game.
NFL Reportedly Cancels Bills-Bengals Game
The NFL on Thursday announced that the football game that is between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals was reportedly suspended on Monday night after Damar Hamlin, a Bills player collapsed on the field will not be completed.
After suffering a cardiac arrest following a tackle that he made in the first quarter of Monday’s game, the 24-year-old safety for the Bills fell backward to the turf. Immediately, medical attention was awarded to Hamlin on the field and this is inclusive of CPR before he was then taken to the local hospital. Later that night, the NFL announced that the game would be postponed for the evening.
All the teams in the league were informed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of the decision to cancel the game in the early parts of Thursday.
NFL Commissioner’s Official Statement
“This has been a very difficult week,” Goodell in a statement said. “We continue to focus on the recovery of Damar Hamlin and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition as well as the tremendous outpouring of support and care for Damar and his family from across the country. We are also incredibly appreciative of the amazing work of the medical personnel and commend each and every one of them.”
The NFL further said that the decision was made because the game between the two teams would not factor into whether either of the teams made the playoffs and because rescheduling the game would further result in delaying the start of the playoffs.
Hamlin Has Recovered and Is In the ICU at the University Of Cincinnati Medical Center
Hamlin however has been in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he remains on a ventilator to help assist with his breathing. Doctors that are currently treating him on Thursday said that he has awakened and is “demonstrating signs of good neurological recovery.”
Hamlin “is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him,” the Bills in a statement on Wednesday said on Twitter.