Damar Hamlin called Bills teammates days after cardiac arrest: ‘Remarkable’ progress

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Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin is examined during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. Jeff Dean/AP

Damar Hamlin called Bills teammates days after cardiac arrest: ‘Remarkable’ progress

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is making further progress in his recovery from a cardiac arrest Monday that caused the suspension and later cancellation of a game between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bills announced Friday that Hamlin is no longer on a breathing tube, saying he continues to make “remarkable” progress.

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“Per the physicians at UCMC, Damar’s breathing tube was removed overnight. He continues to progress remarkably in his recovery. His neurologic function remains intact and he has been able to talk to his family and care team,” the team said in a tweet.

The team also said Hamlin joined a team meeting via video call Friday and told his teammates, “Love you boys.”

Hamlin’s continued progress comes a day after it was reported he was “awake and showing more signs of improvement.”

The speedy recovery comes days after Hamlin collapsed and was unconscious on the field during a game Monday after suffering the cardiac arrest. The game was suspended as Hamlin’s status remained uncertain, eventually being called off for the night and then canceled days later.

Hamlin had to be resuscitated twice, once on the field and once at the hospital, according to his uncle, Dorrian Glen.

“I’m not a crier, but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know, like, my nephew basically died on the field, and they brought him back to life,” Glen told CNN on Tuesday.

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Amid the cancellation of the Bills-Bengals game due to Hamlin’s medical emergency, the NFL has laid out its plans to maintain competitive fairness, as the game was pivotal for playoff seeding. One of the league’s proposed modifications would be for a neutral-site AFC Championship game, depending on the matchup.

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