Damar Hamlin shows ‘remarkable improvement,’ remains in critical condition

ORCHARD PARK, NY — Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin’s safety has “improved remarkably” over the past 24 hours, the team said as he continues his recovery after suffering cardiac arrest during Monday’s game and on the field had collapsed.

The Bills released an update on Hamlin’s status from his doctors on Thursday morning, noting he remains critically ill but appears neurologically intact.

“According to the physicians treating Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team said. “While he is still critically ill, he has shown that he appears to be neurologically intact. His lungs continue to heal and he’s making steady progress. We are grateful for the love and support we have received.”

Hamlin’s agency also released a statement describing the “substantial improvement” that security made overnight.

Hamlin, 24, was administered CPR for several minutes Monday night after collapsing after his tackle on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. According to the ESPN show, Hamlin was given oxygen when he was put in the ambulance and taken off the field. He was taken to the hospital where he stayed.

Hamlin’s father Mario reached out to the Bills in a Zoom call on Wednesday to offer an update on his son, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mario Hamlin told the Bills that Damar Hamlin was making progress and, in the words of a source, “the team needed it.”

The NFL announced Tuesday that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week, and the league is undecided on playing the game at a later date. The NFL made no changes to the week 18 regular season schedule.

The Bills began their week of practice Wednesday with a walkthrough and team briefings in preparation for hosting the New England Patriots on Sunday. They are expected to hold their first full practice of the week on Thursday.

They conducted a roster transaction to help the security group that will be without Hamlin, signed Jared Mayden from the New York Jets practice team and fired veteran cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Mayden also spent time on the Bills’ practice team earlier this season.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35385154/damar-hamlin-shows-remarkable-improvement-remains-critical-condition Damar Hamlin shows ‘remarkable improvement,’ remains in critical condition

Emma Bowman

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