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Prayers pour in for Bills safety Damar Hamlin after collapsing on the field: ‘The game is not important’

Monday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals was suspended more than an hour after Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in the first quarter but around the NFL, thoughts and prayers focused on the young player’s health. 

Hamlin, 24, was taken off the field by an ambulance and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center at around 9:25 p.m. after he collapsed on the field following a tackle on Bengals wideout Tee Higgins. 

Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills take a knee after Damar Hamlin #3 of the Bills collapsed following making a tackle during the first quarter at Paycor Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
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The NFL announced more than an hour after the incident that Monday’s game was suspended. 

BILLS GATHER FOR TEAM PRAYER ON FIELD FOLLOWING DAMAR HAMLIN INJURY 

“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,” the statement from the team read. 

But around social media, players were focused on Hamlin’s health. 

Mitch Morse #60 of the Buffalo Bills consoles Tre'Davious White #27 after Damar Hamlin #3 sustained an injury during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Mitch Morse #60 of the Buffalo Bills consoles Tre’Davious White #27 after Damar Hamlin #3 sustained an injury during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
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“The game is not important,” Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt wrote on Twitter. “Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be ok. Please.”

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“No one cares about this game at all anymore,” former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III said in a tweet. “Praying for Damar Hamlin the man, the son, the brother and the friend. What just happened was traumatic to so many but all that matters right now is that he STAYS WITH US.”

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals kneels with Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills after Damar Hamlin #3 sustained an injury during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Paycor Stadium on January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals kneels with Jordan Poyer #21 of the Buffalo Bills after Damar Hamlin #3 sustained an injury during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Paycor Stadium on January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
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Teams and players from around the league echoed those sentiments. 

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Drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Hamlin has appeared in 29 games.


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