AP Source: Damar Hamlin Well Enough to Visit Teammates in Buffalo Saturday

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Over and over, the story of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s journey back to health continues to bring inspiration to others. As I shared last Saturday, Jan. 7, in a positive sign of his improving condition, Hamlin reached out through his personal Twitters account to thank fans and others for their outpouring of prayers as he recovers.


We reported earlier this week that doctors treating Hamlin, after his cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, were seeing such remarkable progress in his recovery, they began preparing for him to transfer from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a hospital closer to home. As my colleague Teri Christoph wrote Monday:

Damar Hamlin is back home in Buffalo and is receiving treatment for what one of his doctors called “the next stage of his recovery.” He is not back to 100 percent, but was well enough to travel to Buffalo General Hospital, with his doctor in Cincinnati, Dr. William A. Knight, saying the second-year player had met “key milestones” and was “doing well.”

Then Wednesday, the Bills released a statement confirming he got the okay to leave the Buffalo hospital and return home, the Associated Press reported.

Now, Hamlin appears to have found another opportunity to inspire people. According to a new story from the AP, sources say that Hamlin visited with his Bills teammates on Saturday, for the first time since the team played together on the gridiron in Cincinnati (note: the Instagram post mentioned below has since been removed or deleted):

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Damar Hamlin visited with teammates at the Bills facility on Saturday for the first time since being discharged from a Buffalo hospital, and about two weeks after the safety went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano posted a photo on his Instagram account of a smiling Hamlin shaking hands with a teammate.

A person with direct knowledge of Hamlin’s schedule confirmed to The Associated Press the player’s visit. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Hamlin has kept his schedule and recovery private.


The report adds that Hamlin could even be well enough to cheer on the team in person, for their game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins:

His trip to meet with teammates comes a day before the Bills (13-3) host their division rival Miami Dolphins (9-8) in a wild-card playoff game, heightening the possibility he might be healthy enough to attend the game.


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