American footballer Damar Hamlin, who suffered a heart attack during an NFL game, is still in intensive care in critical condition, his team said.

The Buffalo Bills tweeted: “Damar Hamlin spent last night in the intensive care unit and remains there today in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

“We are grateful and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received so far.”

The update came shortly after Hamlin’s family expressed their “sincere gratitude for the love and support” shown to them during “this difficult time” and thanked first responders and hospital staff. from Cincinnati.

They said, “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.”

The defensive back, 24, collapsed on the ground and received CPR for about 10 minutes after being injured after making a tackle in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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(LR) Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin collapsed after tackling Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Photo: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

He collided with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins in Monday night’s incident.

He then managed to get up and seemed to adjust his helmet before falling backwards and standing still.

The Bills said his heart stopped before his heart rate was then “restored” on the pitch by medical staff.

His football shirt was cut off and he was reportedly given oxygen.

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Tearful players surround Damar Hamlin

His family said, “We also want to thank the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provided Damar with exceptional care.

“We feel so lucky to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach (Zac) Taylor and the Bengals for all they have done.

“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will post updates as soon as we have them.”

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During the incident, Higgins led with his right shoulder, which hit Hamlin in the chest.

Hamlin then wrapped his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to bring him down.

The episode prompted a surge in donations for a charity campaign set up by Hamlin two years ago to buy toys for children in need.

Donors gave around $4m (£3.3m) in less than 24 hours.

Players and Bills staff prayed together on the field as an ambulance transported Hamlin to hospital.

His teammates received standing ovations from fans and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the game had been postponed after the incident.

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