NFL execs slam ‘ridiculous’ idea players have 5 minutes to warm up after Damar Hamlin incident

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NFL executive Troy Vincent dismissed the idea that players were given five minutes to warm up after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a medical emergency and went to the hospital after falling to the ground.

The Hamlin incident occurred in the first quarter of a game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. After a fight with Tee Higgins, he got up and then fell to the ground at Paycor Stadium.

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Buffalo Bills tight end Spencer Brown #79 is tackled by teammate Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.
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Hamlin was down for several minutes while paramedics tended to him. He needed CPR and an automated external defibrillator before he was put in the back of an ambulance and taken to the hospital. As ESPN went in and out of commercials, the message came back and players were seen scrambling to get back into game mode after watching the devastating scene.

The show has repeatedly stated that players have five minutes to warm up and prepare to play. NFL reporters entertained the idea, and senior vice president of football operations Vincent shot it down in a Tuesday morning press conference.

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“I don’t know where it came from,” Vincent said. “To be honest, the players didn’t have time to warm up. Frankly, that’s what we asked for [referee] Shawn [Smith] Talk to both head coaches and make sure they have the time they need to discuss what they think is best in the locker room.

NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent attends the Super Bowl XLIX Football Operations press conference on January 29, 2015 in Phoenix.
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“So I don’t know where it came from. A five-minute workout didn’t happen to me. This is me talking to the commissioner. To be honest, it never occurred to us to talk about warming up to continue the game. This is ridiculous. It’s insensitive. And that’s not where we should ever be.

The league postponed the game indefinitely for a catch-up date.

The bill states that Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after the collision with Higgins.

Buffalo Bills #3 Damar Hamlin tackles after a fumble by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium on October 9, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.

Buffalo Bills #3 Damar Hamlin tackles after a fumble by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at Highmark Stadium on October 9, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
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“He is now sedated and in critical condition,” the team said.

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