The family of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin released a statement Tuesday expressing their «sincere gratitude» for the outpouring of support that followed a terrifying scene in Cincinnati Monday that left Hamlin in critical condition.

Hamlin’s family asked for continued prayers and support in his message, while also thanking the more than 150,000 fans who have donated nearly $4 million to his toy drive charity fund.

«On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this difficult time. We are deeply touched by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country,» the statement read. release. .

«We also want to recognize the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who have provided exceptional care for Damar. We feel so blessed to be a part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have your support.» We also want to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for all they’ve done.»

The Bills said early Tuesday that Hamlin was «currently sedated and in critical condition» after collapsing on the field following a tackle on Tee Higgins wide receiver for the Bengals. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center around 9:25 p.m. ET after receiving CPR in the field.

«Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest following a hit in our game against the Bengals. His heart rhythm was restored on the field and he was transported to UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment,» the latest Bills update read. .

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