“We are thankful and grateful for the support we have received so far,” the group said In a statement.
The game was halted in the first quarter on Monday and will not resume this week, the NFL said Tuesday. The The league was announced It has not made any decision about resuming play at a later date, but said it did not change its schedule for the final weekend of the regular season.
Tamar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains in critical condition today at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
We are thankful and grateful for the support we have received thus far.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2023
Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo to all NFL teams that the league made its scheduling decision after discussions with the Bills, Bengals and the NFL Players Association.
Hamlin collapsed on the field following a catch by Bengals wide receiver Dee Higgins on Monday. The Bills said Hamlin suffered a heart attack early Tuesday morning. Paramedics were able to restore Hamlin’s heart rate while treating him on the field, and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. According to Bills and Hamlin marketing representative Jordan Rooney, doctors euthanized him at the hospital.
Rooney wrote on Twitter Monday night that Hamlin’s vital signs were “back to normal” and that doctors “put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat.” Rooney was at the hospital with Hamlin and his family in Cincinnati on Tuesday.
“I can’t speak specifically about his health,” Rooney “Good morning America,” he said. Tuesday from Cincinnati. “I would say he’s fighting. He’s a fighter. … Now he’s unconscious, so the family is in good spirits. We’re honestly taking it minute by minute, hour by hour.
Rooney called Hamlin’s family “strong” and “supportive” and said it was Good luck pouring in From the public.
“There are definitely a lot of fans,” Rooney said. “There’s been a lot of traction. A lot of people are coming in. I think the most important thing is to give the family their privacy. … When you see somebody on TV or somebody play, you don’t see them as human beings. This is a human being. His family is going through a lot. .. There’s a lot going on right now. So I think it’s important for everyone to remember that this is a person and his family is trying to work through everything.
Hamlin’s family said In a statement Tuesday: “On behalf of our family, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the love and support shown to Tamar during this challenging time. We have been overwhelmed by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country. … Your generosity and kindness mean the world to us. Please keep Lotus in your prayers. We will post updates as soon as we have them. “
Dorian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told CNN “Heartbroken” to see his son-in-law fighting for his life.
“We were in Pittsburgh watching it on TV and his little brother was with us,” Glenn said during an interview Tuesday night. “And when he [saw] His brother fell like that… I never saw him cry or scream like that. We tried to calm him down: ‘It’s okay. He will go and get up. He’ll be back in the game.’ … Next thing you know, it’s 10 minutes later, they’re doing chest compressions. Half an hour later, they still hadn’t played. Me: ‘What’s going on? What happened to my nephew?’ …
“We were all in tears, man. And I’m not a crybaby. But I’ve never cried so hard in my life, man. My nephew died on the field and they brought him back to life. I mean, it’s just heartbreaking. And to see all those grown men cry and all the emotions. , man, that was a gut punch, man. I would have cried no matter who it was. But for it to be my son-in-law, it had a bigger impact on me, man. I’m glad he’s still alive, able to fight, and try to heal and recover.
Glenn said Hamlin was revived twice.
“They resuscitated him on the field before they got him to the hospital,” Glenn said. “Then when he got to the hospital they resuscitated him a second time. So, I want to show my gratitude to the medical staff who were on hand because if it wasn’t for them my son-in-law wouldn’t even be here.
The NFL was rocked on Tuesday.
“Last night should have been a great night for the NFL and a great showcase for our hometown,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said. In a statement tuesday “Instead, the human side of our game came first … In that moment, humanity and love rose to the forefront.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady He wrote on Twitter: “We are praying for Tamar and her family in Tampa this morning. Moments like these put into perspective what it means to play this game we love. Thank you to our communities in Cincinnati and Buffalo for the tremendous care and support I know they will continue to provide.
Goodell wrote in his memo that teams received information about mental health and support resources available to players and staff.
“Our union’s focus is on the health of our brother Tamar Hamlin,” the NFLPA said. In a statement. “We are in constant contact with the clubs and the NFL to ensure that all resources are available to help and support the Bills and Bengals players during this time.”
“Our focus must be on Damar and his family,” Goodell wrote in a memo Tuesday of the decision to postpone Monday’s game. We are in constant contact with both clubs and the medical team caring for Tamar and will share more information as we receive it.
The Bills are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bengals are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Cincinnati. The playoffs begin next weekend, and the Bills and Bengals have clinched postseason berths. So if the NFL leaves this weekend’s schedule unchanged and tries to restart the Bills-Bengals game after that, it could push the playoffs.
“Honest question,” said agent David Cantor He wrote on Twitter, “Is there a way to push back the entire NFL schedule by 2-3 weeks? I think the players and their families will appreciate it and in fact need it. Many text messages and calls from players and coaches across the league are currently affected. Games are so irrelevant.”