Buffalo Bills’ Damien Harris Taken Off Field on Gurney in New York Giants Game
Buffalo Bills’ running back Damien Harris was taken off the field in an ambulance due to a neck injury he sustained during the team’s Sunday night home game against the New York Giants.
“Damien Harris (neck) is out for the game,” the Bills said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter. “He has movement in his arms and legs. Harris is being taken to hospital for further testing.”
Harris was injured in the second quarter during his first carry of the game when he was tackled by Giants linebacker Bobby Okereke on a 1-yard run. The 26-year-old remained down after the play, before players from both teams signaled for athletic trainers and doctors.
With players and coaches surrounding Harris, an ambulance was brought out to the field as he was placed to a backboard and a stretcher. He gave a thumbs up as he was being loaded into the ambulance.
One of the people anxiously looking on was Bills backup safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals in early January that prompted NFL officials to cancel the rest of the game.
Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle and taking a hit to the chest area. Medical professionals performed CPR on Hamlin when he lost his pulse and he needed to be revived through resuscitation and defibrillation. He was on a ventilator for days and spent more than a week in a Cincinnati hospital.
It was later determined that Hamlin’s cardiac arrest was caused by commotio cordis, which can occur when severe trauma to the chest disrupts the heart’s electrical charge and causes dangerous fibrillations (or abnormal heartbeats).
Hamlin received full clearance to rejoin football activities in April. By August, the 25-year-old was actively participating in preseason games, successfully earning a spot on the roster for the regular season. However, despite making the roster, he has seen action in only one game this season. Notably, he did not suit up for Sunday night’s game, and TV cameras captured him on the bench with his head down.
The Buffalo Bills secured a 14-9 victory in Sunday’s game. Their upcoming match is scheduled against the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 22.