A search for answers amid a life-and-death scramble on an NFL field

Sports December 29, 2022 Sports
A search for answers amid a life-and-death scramble on an NFL field

Bills teammates Tre'Davious White, left, and Mitch Morse react to Hamlin's emergency.

From The Washington Post | Sports by Adam Kilgore, Ben Strauss and Mark Maske

Shortly past the midway point of the first quarter, draped in the spectacle of “Monday Night Football” and the high stakes of a pivotal game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow floated a short pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins sprinted upfield as Damar Hamlin bolted from his safety position to make a tackle. Higgins’s helmet met Hamlin’s chest like a battering ram. It was a routine play, until it wasn’t. It was a game that mattered, and then it didn’t.

In the harrowing moments that followed on the Paycor Stadium turf, emergency physicians frantically pumped Hamlin’s chest to restart his heart. Hamlin was driven off the field in an ambulance as stricken teammates and opponents looked on with tears in their eyes and anguished horror on their faces.

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