Hamlin took a big step forward in his recovery on Friday when he was taken off the ventilator and demonstrated the ability to speak.
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK. Doctors described Damar Hamlin’s neurological function as “excellent” on Saturday as Buffalo Bills safety continued to progress in his recovery after he had to be resuscitated on the field in a game in Cincinnati on Monday.
Providing his daily updates on Hamlin, the Bills said the player continues to breathe on his own but remains in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Hamlin took a big step forward in his recovery on Friday when he was taken off the ventilator and demonstrated the ability to speak.
On Friday, the 24-year-old also made a short live video conference for his teammates, making a few hand gestures and saying, “Love you boys.”
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and went into cardiac arrest Monday night after making what appeared to be a routine first-quarter tackle against the Bengals. The game was first put on hold and later officially canceled this week.
The Bills plan to pay tribute to Hamlin, as well as the first responders and medical staff who treated the player, when they close the season on Sunday with the New England Patriots.
The NFL will also show support for Hamlin during all of Week 18’s games starting Saturday afternoon, including a pre-game moment of support by painting Hamlin’s number 3 at the 30-yard line and pregame T-shirts that read “Love for Damar 3”. The Bills will also wear “3” patches.
On Saturday, the Steelers paid tribute to Pittsburgh’s Hamlin by delivering toys, books and learning materials to Kelly and Nina’s preschool, where the player holds an annual toy fundraiser. Fans, players and team owners also donated to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, which raised just over $8.2 million by Saturday afternoon.