Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) and both teams leave for the locker room as the game is suspended in the first quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills at Paycor Stadium in Downtown Cincinnati on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The game was suspended with suspended in the first quarter after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) was taken away in an ambulance following a play. Syndication: The Enquirer

When Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and needed CPR on the field and ambulance transport to a nearby hospital during the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, players from both teams felt the severity and weight of the incident. And Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had quite a classy response.

Shortly after the traumatic incident on the field, both teams went back to their respective locker rooms while the league determined its next steps. It took the NFL an hour to decide to ultimately decide to call the game. But once Cincinnati got word of the severity of Hamlin’s condition, it was Joe Burrow who asked if his team could visit the bills in their locker room and show support, according to Bengals long snapper Cal Admoitis.

“Bengals long snapper Cal Adomitis, who played with Damar Hamlin at Central Catholic and Pitt, said that when Cincy was updated on Hamlin’s status, Joe Burrow was the first one to speak up and ask if the team could visit the Bills locker room to express their support/ concern,” Steelers beat writer Mike DeFabo of The Athletic reported.

That wasn’t the Bengals’ only sign of support. Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins, who made contact with Hamlin on the play, said he was praying for Hamlin. Team owner Mike Brown also released a statement expressing concern for Hamlin.

[Mike DeFabo]