Bengals coach reveals what he spoke to Bills counterpart about in aftermath of Damar Hamlin hit

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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and the Buffalo Bills team surrounding Bills Safety Damar Hamlin after he collapsed during a game Jan. 2, 2023. AP/Aaron Doster/Jeff Dean

Bengals coach reveals what he spoke to Bills counterpart about in aftermath of Damar Hamlin hit

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Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said the first thing Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told him after Damar Hamlin collapsed during a game Monday was that he “shouldn’t be coaching this game.”

Taylor shared what McDermott told him in the immediate aftermath of the injury during a press conference Wednesday.

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“When I got over there, the first thing he said was ‘I need to be at the hospital with Damar and I shouldn’t be coaching this game.’ That to me provides all the clarity. ‘Unprecedented’ is the word that gets thrown around about this ’cause that’s what it is,” Taylor said.

Taylor commended McDermott for the leadership he showed during the incident which caused the game between the Bills and Bengals to be suspended halfway through the first quarter. The NFL confirmed Tuesday the game will not be resumed this week and that the Week 18 schedule would move on as originally planned.

The Bills shared an update on Hamlin Wednesday, saying he was showing “signs of improvement” but that he was still in the ICU.

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“Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight. He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him,” the tweet said.

Every NFL team has shown support for Hamlin and the Bills by changing their social media profile pictures to Hamlin’s jersey with a message saying, “Pray for Damar.”

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