Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was in critical condition after collapsing on the field and required CPR and an AED before being rushed to the hospital.

The NFL announced that it has postponed the game between the Bills and Bengals.

«Hamlin received immediate on-field medical attention from the team, independent medical personnel and local paramedics. He was then transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition,» the league said in a statement.

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Buffalo Bills players react as teammate Damar Hamlin is examined during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

«Our thoughts are with Damar and the Buffalo Bills. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

«The NFL has been in constant communication with the NFL Players Association, which has agreed to postpone the game.»

The NFL Players Association also issued a statement in this regard.

“The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin. We have been in contact with the Bills and Bengals players and the NFL,» the NFLPA said in a tweet. «The only thing that matters right now is Damar’s health and well-being.»

Initially play was called off and once Hamlin was in the ambulance and off the field, officials gave the players about five minutes to warm up again and be ready to play. But Bills coach Sean McDermott was seen leading his players off the field and into the back of the locker room.

BILLS GATHER FOR TEAM PRAYER ON FIELD AFTER DAMAR HAMLIN’S INJURY

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) pauses as Damar Hamlin is examined during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) pauses as Damar Hamlin is examined during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

The terrifying incident occurred with 5:58 remaining in the first quarter and Cincinnati leading the game, 7-3. The Bengals were on their second drive of the game when quarterback Joe Burrow threw a pass to Tee Higgins. Bills safety Hamlin came up for a tackle to end the play.

Hamlin got up off the ground and took a few steps back before collapsing onto the grass at Paycor Stadium. Medical personnel approached Hamlin to treat him when the ESPN broadcast turned commercial. He got out a stretcher and a board and then the ambulance.

Hamlin was on the ground for a while, and several reporters indicated that he was receiving CPR from medical personnel on the ground before being loaded into the ambulance. According to FOX19, Hamlin was being rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The soccer world offered its prayers for Hamlin. The players and coaches of both teams wept and prayed for the best possible result.

The Bills selected Hamlin with the 212th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He played in 14 games last season, mostly on special teams, in his rookie season.

FILE - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 20, 2022, in Detroit.

FILE – Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin looks on during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 20, 2022, in Detroit.
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

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Hamlin, 24, was playing his 16th game of the season. He had seen more time on the field as he recorded 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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