Here are the latest updates on Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who remains in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest during Monday Night Football vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.
– Wednesday, 9:04 a.m. Per ESPN’s Coley Harvey:
Just chatted with Damar Hamlin’s family friend @jordonr. Per Jordon and Damar’s family, doctors overnight got promising readings that they had been hoping to see by this morning. Jordon couldn’t go into specifics, but progress appears to be made.
reported Tuesday night that he “Just spoke with Dorrian Glenn — Damar Hamlin’s uncle — who said his nephew is on a ventilator but he’s improved to 50% oxygen needed after being at 100%. He’s still sedated but main focus is recovering to breathe on his own & healing lungs.”
“A lot of people don’t get to see how loved they are while they’re alive, so for him to have a situation where he could have been taken away and he has a chance to come back and see all that love that he got.”
– Glenn told ESPN’s Coley Harvey “Hamlin had to be resuscitated twice — once on the field at Paycor Stadium, and once after he arrived at the hospital. There is also concern surrounding potential lung damage, he said.”
– The Associated Press reports Hamlin’s GoFundMe, which had a goal of raising $2,500 online to buy toys for needy kids, saw roughly $5.5 million donated in the first 24 hours after his injury. And the number is climbing.
– The 33rd Team’s Ari Meirov reports “Damar Hamlin’s No. 3 #Bills jersey has been among the highest selling jerseys on @Fanatics since (Monday) night — in any sport, not just the NFL. Fanatics announced that all the proceeds from Hamlin’s jersey sales will be donated to his toy drive.”
– Still no word from the NFL on if/when the Bills-Bengals game will be completed. The league issued the following press release on Tuesday:
The NFL continues to be in regular contact with the medical team caring for Damar Hamlin, and also the Bills and Bengals organizations and the NFL Players Association.
After speaking with both teams and NFLPA leadership, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the clubs today that the Bills-Bengals game will not be resumed this week.
The NFL has made no decision regarding the possible resumption of the game at a later date.
The league has not made any changes to the Week 18 regular season schedule.
We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.
The 24-year-old Hamlin, in his second NFL season, collapsed at 8:55 p.m. ET Monday after a collision with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter of the game, with Cincinnati leading, 7-3.
Hamlin’s uniform was cut off as he was attended to by medical personnel. ESPN reported on its telecast that Hamlin was also given oxygen. Some 16 minutes after collapsing, Hamlin was rushed off the field in an ambulance.
NFL executive Troy Vincent said the league took no steps toward restarting the game and did not ask players to begin a five-minute warmup period as ESPN’s broadcasters had announced.
“It never crossed our mind to talk about warming up to resume play,” Vincent said. “That’s ridiculous. That’s insensitive. That’s not a place we should ever be in.”