Eagles players and coaches send their messages of support to Bills S Damar Hamlin
In the wake of the horrible injury we witnessed during the Monday Night Football contest between the Bills and Bengals, the Eagles family has continued to show their support for Damar Hamlin and his loved ones.
With about five minutes remaining in the first quarter of Monday’s game, Hamlin tackled Bengals WR Tee Higgins in what seemed like a routine play. After getting up from the tackle, Hamlin almost immediately fell to the ground after experiencing cardiac arrest. The 24-year-old safety was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the Buffalo Bills.
Here’s Buffalo’s full statement on Hamlin’s condition:
Several Eagles players sent their love and support to Hamlin on social media, including Miles Sanders and Avonte Maddox, who both know Hamlin personally.
Sanders played high school football 10 miles from Hamlin’s school in Pittsburgh. The two faced each other three times during their high school playing days and they both graduated in 2016.
The Eagles running back sent out a handful of Tweets supporting Hamlin Monday night.
He also urged his followers to stop sharing the video of Hamlin’s hit on Higgins.
Maddox played with Hamlin at the University of Pittsburgh and they appeared in nine games together during the 2017 season.
The Eagles nickel corner shared similar support for his former teammate throughout Monday night.
Following the events of Monday night, the Eagles postponed all of their scheduled press conferences for Tuesday morning out of respect for Hamlin and the Bills.
With the press conferences rescheduled, head coach Nick Sirianni appeared on the 94WIP Morning Show to speak on the situation. Here are his full comments, via Audacy’s SportsRadio 94WIP:
“It puts everything in perspective. You come back to work, you have a loss that you’re really upset about and you’re thinking about that and then something like that happens at night. It just puts everything in perspective of how these players put their bodies on the line. I know we got some guys that know him and first thought it obviously for the kid, that he’s OK, and then you want to check on your guys that know him.
“Then you start to think, a lot of things go through your mind, right? And you think about Josh Sweat and how fortunate he is that he was able to get up and be OK. It’s just tough to watch. My exact words were that I was kind of in shock because you don’t see that very often. You don’t see that happen in this game very often. It’s a violent sport as we know. Just I thought about everything, how you would lead the team in that matter and everything. Just so many things go through your mind there.
“At the end of the day, I just hope and pray that Damar’s OK and that the people who are close to him are OK and that he’ll fight through this and get up from this. That, like I said, everybody that knows him and loves him can be comforted at this time.”
We can only imagine how tough this kind of incident can be for the entire NFL family. Whether you know Hamlin personally or not, this hits too close to home for everyone around the league.
TLL’s thoughts will continue to be with Hamlin as we hope for a speedy recovery.
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