All the football fans became heavyhearted when the Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a serious cardiac arrest on the field, however, the talented player defied the odds and made an inspiring comeback to the practice session.
The Detroit Lions wide receiver Chuck Hughes’ death on the 24th of October 1971 proved football can also be dangerous like Combat and the near-death experience that happened with Hamlin during the Bengals-Bills game again revealed the extremely ugly side of the game that no fans want to witness.
What happened to Damar Hamlin in the Bills vs Bengals match?
During the Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals game on Jan. 2, the Bills safety suffered a cardiac arrest after tackling Bengals WR Tee Higgins and lay unresponsive on the field due to commotio cordis.
An instant CPR was performed before Damar was rushed to the hospital. He was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center a few days later before heading to another hospital and later continued receiving care at home under the franchise’s supervision.
The winner of the 2023 George Halas Award was cleared for the football activists in mid-April as all his three specialists instructed to do so, however, the optimistic player said recently that having survived a “life-changing” event doesn’t mark the end of his story.
Hamlin is gearing up for the upcoming season following the tragic incident
The 25-year-old headed back to the football field less than five months after experiencing the horrific incident and participated in individual drills and stretching exercises during an organized team activity session with the Bills at their training facility.
Here's a look at Damar Hamlin today at #Bills OTAs.
He participated in individual drills, but not team periods.
Just the latest step in his comeback attempt after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in early January. pic.twitter.com/alim44rmlD
— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) May 23, 2023
However, he was not actively participating in the team drills and did not even wear a helmet.
Buffalo coach Sean McDermott did not share the details about their young star’s activities or timetable prior to practice, albeit Sean acknowledged he is in the team’s building.
“I’m not going to get into specifics, where he is at what hour, but he’s in the building working and taking it one day at a time.”
Damar Hamlin didn’t do a lot at Bills OTA but he did A LOT at the same time: pic.twitter.com/J1eBh8Piem
— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) May 23, 2023
McDermott also shared the football prodigy has not been practicing actively like others.
“He has not been practicing. We’re just going to continue to take it one day at a time and just support Damar in every way possible.”
The return of the young safety to the practice field is a powerful reminder of the human capacity to overcome adversity by dint of his strong-willed mindset. His incredible story will serve as an inspiration to his teammates and all the sports enthusiasts around the world.
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