COVINGTON, Ky. — President Biden on Wednesday said the NFL should continue to improve protections for its players, but that Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin’s on-field collapse Monday wasn’t a sign that professional football had become too dangerous.
Mr. Biden weighed in on Mr. Hamlin’s injury before returning to Washington from Kentucky where he touted new infrastructure spending.
“Look, the idea that you’re going to have—you’ve got guys that are 6‘8, 340 pounds … if you hit somebody—and that’s not what happened here,” said the president. “I don’t know how you avoid it. I think working like hell on the helmets and the concussion protocols, that all makes a lot of sense.”
Mr. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remains in improving but critical condition.
Some medical experts have speculated that Mr. Hamlin suffered commotio cordis, a condition caused by blunt force trauma to the chest that causes cardiac arrest.
• Joseph Clark contributed to this story.