Bengals owner Mike Brown releases statement following Damar Hamlin’s collapse

Cincinnati Bengals owner and president Mike Brown released a statement on Tuesday following the tragedy that took place at Paycor Stadium on Monday night.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and suffered a cardiac arrest following a tackle made on Bengals’ wide receiver Tee Higgins, the team confirmed early Tuesday morning. CPR was administered for around 10 minutes and his heartbeat was restored before he was taken by ambulance to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.

“First and foremost, the Bengals continue to send thoughts and prayers to Damar Hamlin and his family,” Brown said. “Our hearts are with everyone in this unprecedented time — what we can do is support one another. “Last night was supposed to be a great night for the NFL and a great showcase for our hometown. Instead, the human side of our sport became paramount ... and in that moment, humanity and love rose to the forefront. As medical personnel undertook extraordinary measures, both teams demonstrated respect and compassion while fans in the stadium and people around the country bolstered the support for Damar and love for each other. “The Bengals are thankful for the love and compassion shown by all. Praying for Damar.”

After discussion with both teams, the NFL decided to postpone the game. There is no update regarding if the game will be made up or what the league plans to do moving forward. The focus right now is on the health of Hamlin.

The Bills flew back to Buffalo in the early hours of Tuesday morning with some players electing to stay behind to be with Hamlin and his family.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Bengals owner Mike Brown releases statement on Damar Hamlin