According to AP News, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin had a heart attack on January 2 after tackling Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
After the tackle, Hamlin got up, adjusted his helmet, and fell back to the ground instantly. Although the specific cause of the cardiac arrest is still unknown,
the leading candidate is commotio cordis, a rare event in which a strong blow to the chest, at the correct spot and at the right moment, stops the heart from pumping.
The NFL suspended and postponed the game indefinitely due to the incident. Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president of communications,
public affairs, and policy, told ProFootballTalk, "Our concern is for the athlete and his well-being."
"I am certain that we will discuss the next steps for the game at the proper time." Troy Vincent, senior vice president of football operations for the NFL, said that what the players and coaches saw devastated them.
Fans from both Cincinnati and Buffalo have showed their support since the young Bills player was transported to UC Medical Center.
According to Insider, people gathered outside the hospital to pray, put up posters, fly flags, and light candles to give Hamlin and his family positive energy.