Patriots and Bills postpone media availability after Damar Hamlin collapse


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Bills Safety Damar Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering cardiac arrest on the field during Buffalo’s game against Cincinnati on Monday night.

The Bills, who have since resumed team meetings, are still scheduled to face the Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m.

As teams continue to process the chilling incident and await updates on Hamlin’s health, the NFL has given Buffalo and New England approval to postpone media availability on Wednesday, according to an e-mail. email from the Patriots.

Neither the Patriots nor the Bills have spoken to the media since Hamlin collapsed during the first quarter of the highly anticipated contest between the two top-ranked AFC East teams on Monday night.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and several team captains, including Mac Jones and Devin McCourty, were scheduled to speak Wednesday before the postponement.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Hamlin remains in critical condition. He tackled Tee Higgins on what looked like a routine play. But shortly after getting up, he collapsed on the ground. After medical staff performed CPR, an ambulance took Hamlin to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was admitted to intensive care.

According to CNN, Hamlin is on a ventilator as doctors try to restore his ability to breathe on his own. His uncle Dorrian Glenn said Hamlin’s health had a “positive” trend.

The Patriots found several ways to honor Hamlin. The team posted a message of support on a screen at Gillette Stadium. Owner Robert Kraft donated $18,003 to a toy drive Hamlin started for children. Several players posted messages and prayers for Hamlin on Twitter.

The Bills are set to hold a virtual tour on Wednesday. The Patriots need to practice.

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