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Hamlin’s Injury Spurs New Concerns About Injuries on NFL Fields

  • Buffalo Bills safety collapsed after seemingly routine tackle
  • Player was treated on field and taken by ambulance to hospital
An ambulance carrying Damar Hamlin leaves Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2.

An ambulance carrying Damar Hamlin leaves Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2.

Photographer: Dylan Buell/Getty Images 

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One of the scariest things about the collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during a primetime National Football League game was just how routine it all looked.

There was no blow to the head. No blindside tackle. None of the worst violence that the most-watched US sports league has sought to eliminate amid mounting scrutiny over players’ health and safety.