Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin in critical condition after cardiac arrest on field

Buffalo Bills’ safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed Monday night after making a tackle during the first quarter against the Bengals in Cincinnati, and the game has been postponed, team officials said.

Hamlin, 24, is currently hospitalized in critical condition, Buffalo Bills officials said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals,” the statement said. “His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”

The NFL issued a statement earlier, saying, “Hamlin received immediate medical attention on the field by team and independent medical staff and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition. Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills We will provide more information as it becomes available.

“The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association which is in agreement with postponing the game,” the league added.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Nov. 20, 2022, in Detroit.

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Hamlin was down for at least 15 minutes. Paramedics were seen administering CPR as players from both teams gathered around at midfield, some openly weeping.

Hamlin was taken off the field in an ambulance, and both teams have gone back to their locker rooms.

The safety was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin’s family thanked the “dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals” at the hospital for their “exceptional care” in a statement released Tuesday.

“Please keep Damar in your prayers,” the family said, while promising to release updates “as soon as we have them.”

PHOTO: Buffalo Bills players huddle and pray after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter Jan.  2, 2023 in Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills players huddle and pray after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter Jan. 2, 2023 in Cincinnati.

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PHOTO: Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen pauses as Damar Hamlin is examined after collapsing during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan.  2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen pauses as Damar Hamlin is examined after collapsing during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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PHOTO: Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen pauses after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of their NFL game, Jan.  2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen pauses after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of their NFL game, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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“The thoughts and prayers of all of Bill’s Mafia are supporting you, Damar,” the team tweeted.

Several NFL teams also tweeted that they were sending their prayers to Hamlin, his family and the Bills.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted“Praying hard.. please be okay man.”

Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt tweeted: “The game is not important. Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be ok. Please.”

PHOTO: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow pauses as Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin is examined by medical staff during the first half of an NFL football game, Jan.  2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow pauses as Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin is examined by medical staff during the first half of an NFL football game, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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PHOTO: Buffalo Bills players react after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan.  2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills players react after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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“The entire City of Cincinnati is sending all of our prayers to Damar Hamlin right now. Our hearts are with you, your family and your friends,” the mayor of Cincinnati, Aftab Pureval, wrote.

In the time since Hamlin collapsed on the field, a toy drive on GoFundMe he organized in 2020 saw donations pouring in — topping more than $1.5 million as of late Monday night, with an initial goal of $2,500. ABC has verified with GoFundMe officials that the page was originally started by Hamlin.

PHOTO: An ambulance leaves the field carrying Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills after he collapsed during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan.  2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

An ambulance leaves the field carrying Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills after he collapsed during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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

“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us,” the statement continued.

This is a developing story. Please check back up for updates.

ABC News’ Will Reeve, Luke Barr and Keith Harden contributed to this report.

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