Madden is doing away with holding CPR after Damar Hamlin’s real-life emergency

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In one of the touchdown celebrations in Madden NFL 23, a player falls to the ground after scoring and then a teammate performs fake CPR to revive him in the end zone. This sequence will reportedly be removed from the game soon after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin required actual CPR on the football field to save his life.

CBS Sports contacted an EA Sports spokesperson, who said, “EA Sports is taking steps to remove the celebration from Madden NFL 23 via an update in the coming days.”

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Hamlin went into cardiac arrest in the first quarter of Monday Night Football on January 2. After taking down a Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, Hamlin fell backwards after getting to his feet. Medical professionals went to the field to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator. He was on the field for approximately 30 minutes before an ambulance was finally able to take him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Quick action by medical professionals has led to Hamlin already leaving the Cincinnati hospital to return to a Buffalo facility to continue his recovery. He is neurologically intact and communicates with family, friends, and teammates.

People showed their support and love for Hamlin after the terrifying incident by donating to his GoFundMe toy campaign, which has raised more than $8.7 million.

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