Buffalo Bills offensive sort out Dion Dawkins has recalled the second he realized one thing was “really, really wrong” after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed on the sector in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hamlin stays in hospital and in a important situation after struggling a cardiac arrest in Monday’s recreation. His uncle, Dorrian Glenn, instructed CNN that Hamlin continues to be sedated having been resuscitated twice – on the sector after which on the hospital.
The sport was subsequently postponed with gamers from each groups visibly distraught.
“You look around and you see the medical staff doing their job, and you know when it’s something minor like somebody is down, but they’re sitting up, the guys are moving at a nice pace,” Dawkins instructed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.
“However when issues like this are happening, they’re waving actually quick and calling guys on the sector and calling for the elite medical employees – that’s once you actually notice that one thing is de facto, actually improper.
“This was one of the first experiences for myself where something like this has happened in this type of way, where it silenced an entire stadium that was at an uproar half a play earlier.”
Dwell updates: NFL star Damar Hamlin in important situation after cardiac arrest
In keeping with Glenn, Hamlin is on a ventilator to alleviate among the pressure on his lungs, which have been broken following the cardiac arrest. He mentioned his nephew’s situation is “trending upwards in a positive way” whereas receiving remedy in hospital.
For Dawkins, who’s in his sixth season with the Bills, the gravity of the scenario instantly made him flip to prayer.
“Whether you’re a believer or not, only a higher power can really take control of what is next,” he mentioned.
“Our people that helped also assisted that higher power. But in that moment you kind of just have to be vulnerable and let prayer go up and work its magic.”
On Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned the sport between the Bills and the Bengals is not going to be resumed this week, including that no determination has been made on when it could be performed.
“I’m truly blessed that we didn’t have to keep playing,” mentioned Dawkins.
“The fact that we did not have to go back out there on that field and play just shows that there is care, and that’s all we can ever ask for is that we get treated as people,” he added.
“Most individuals simply deal with us as athletes, as superstars, and a few folks like celebrities, however in that second they [the NFL] handled us like folks. And being handled as an individual that’s cared for, it’s a phenomenal feeling.
“I’m thankful that I was treated as a person and so were the rest of my teammates because at the end of the day, we are people. And we have feelings, we have emotions, we cry, we hurt. And we have families, and they hurt, and they cry.”