When Dion Dawkins realized something was “very, terribly wrong” with Damar Hamlin, he was a member of the Buffalo Bills

When Dion Dawkins realized something was “very, terribly wrong” with Damar Hamlin, he was a member of the Buffalo Bills

In what are believed to be the first public comments on Damar Hamlin by a Bills teammate, offensive tackle Dion Dawkins appeared on CNN and recounted the horrifying moment the safety collapsed on the field in cardiac arrest during the first quarter of the team’s Monday night game against the Bengals.

Speaking with Wolf Blitzer, Dawkins described the moment he realized anything was wrong with Hamlin, who had taken a hard hit while tackling Cincinnati receiver Tee Higgins, fainted, and required CPR for many minutes before the game was postponed.

Dawkins told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday night, “You look around and you see the medical team doing their job, and you know when it’s something trivial like somebody is down but sitting up, because the guys are moving at a nice rate.”

Bills safety During the first half of a game against the Bengals, Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) assists Damar Hamlin as he falls to the ground.

“But when something like this occurs, they start waiving extremely quickly, calling for players on the field, and summoning the finest medical team — that’s when you understand something is seriously wrong.

It was one of the first times for me when something of this nature occurred in such a way that it silenced an entire stadium that had been in an uproar half a play earlier.

As of Wednesday morning, Hamlin remained on a ventilator in the hospital. The 24-year-old was resuscitated twice, according to Hamlin’s cousin, Dorrian Glenn: first on the field, and then in the hospital.

As the incident developed, some of his Bills colleagues were observed to be saddened and even crying. In a frightening moment, Dawkins told Blitzer that he resorted to the power of prayer.

Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Bills, suffered a heart arrest during Monday Night Football versus the Bengals. Follow the live coverage of the New York Post for injury updates on his status.

Buffalo Bills safety USA Today Sports: Damar Hamlin makes the tackle on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.

“Whether you believe in God or not, only a higher power can truly control the future,” he remarked. “Those of our people who assisted also aided that higher power. But in that time, you must be somewhat exposed and allow prayer to perform its effect.

During the initial suspension of play, ESPN claimed that the NFL planned to resume play after a five-minute warmup. The NFL has refuted this allegation.

Dawkins stated, “I am extremely blessed that we did not have to continue playing.” “The fact that we did not have to return to the pitch to play demonstrates that there is concern, and all we ever ask for is to be treated like humans.

“Most people regard us as sportsmen, superstars, and some as celebrities, but in that time the NFL treated us as individuals. And being treated as a cared-for individual is a great sensation.”

Tuesday, the league confirmed that the game between two of the NFL’s best teams will not be played this week.

 

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