Family spokesman: Damar Hamlin’s recovery is moving in a positive direction

The Bills reported Tuesday that Hamlin is sedated and in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game against Cincinnati.

ORCHARD PARK, New York. Damar Hamlin’s recovery is heading in a “positive direction” two days after the Buffalo Bills’ security broke and went into cardiac arrest during a game against Cincinnati, a marketing rep for the player said Wednesday.

“We all remain optimistic,” Jordon Rooney told The Associated Press by phone. He said he could not go into details about Hamlin’s status at his family’s request not to give details.

In an interview with NFL reporter Cameron Wolfe, Rooney said he could not speak to the specific treatment Hamlin received. But he said Hamlin’s family is optimistic.

“Things are moving in the right direction, but at the moment there is no clarity on how long this will continue, how long it will take,” he said.

On Tuesday, Bills said Hamlin was sedated and in critical condition.

Rooney said Hamlin’s family remains positive and encouraged by the outpouring of worldwide support the Bills player has received since his heart stopped and he was resuscitated on the field before being loaded into an ambulance and flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

“They are ecstatic right now,” Rooney said. “Damar is still their main concern. But for them, they are always looking for ways to turn a somewhat unpleasant situation into a good one. Recovery after this for him and his family will be incredible.”

Rooney’s update comes after Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, told numerous media outlets Tuesday night that there are some encouraging signs in his nephew’s progress, such as doctors lowering Hamlin’s oxygen levels from 100% to 50%.

“He’s still sedated,” Glenn told CNN. “They just want him to have a better chance of a better recovery. Thus, they believe that if he calms down, his body can heal much faster than if he were conscious, and possibly cause other complications.”

Rooney really wanted to clear up one thing that Glenn said, saying that there was a misunderstanding when Uncle said that Hamlin needed to be resuscitated twice. Rooney said this was “not entirely true”, without elaborating further.

Hamlin’s macabre fall scene that played out to a North American TV audience on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” program suspended the NFL and key play was suspended indefinitely. The Kansas Chiefs (13-3) battle the Bills (12-3) and Bengals (11-4) for the top spot in the AFC.

The Bills, who returned to Buffalo early Tuesday morning, plan to have group meetings and an introductory workout on Wednesday. They are expected to resume training on Thursday ahead of a home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Players and fans from across the NFL rallied in support of Hamlin, picketing in Cincinnati and outside the Bills’ home stadium. The shock of the incident was reflected in Pittsburgh, where 24-year-old Hamlin grew up and was determined to help those in need.

Hamlin was injured in the first quarter when he was hit right in the chest while doing what appeared to be a typical tackle from Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin stood up briefly and adjusted his mask before collapsing on his back.

In the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hamlin was injured, Higgins led with a right shoulder that hit the defender in the chest. Hamlin then wrapped his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet to pull him down. Hamlin quickly got to his feet, adjusted his mask with his right hand, and then three seconds later fell back and lay motionless.

Rooney, a spokesman for the family, said the family was frustrated by the negative fan reaction to Higgins after the incident and wanted supporters to stop attacking him.

Hamlin was treated on the spot by a team, independent medical personnel, and local paramedics, and was taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Teammate Stephon Diggs later joined Hamlin in the hospital.

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