Bengals WR Tee Higgins craves chance to see Damar Hamlin

Jan 2, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) makes the tackle on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) during the first quarterat Paycor Stadium. The play led to Hamlin collapsing on the field, and being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati receiver Tee Higgins is hopeful of getting an opportunity to greet Damar Hamlin this weekend while the Bengals are in Buffalo to face the Bills in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs.

Hamlin tackled Higgins in the Jan. 2 game between the teams in Cincinnati and then the Buffalo safety went into cardiac arrest. He received CPR on the field, was rushed to a hospital and has since made a swift recovery.

That contest was postponed and now the two teams will share the field Sunday, just 20 days after the emergency situation.

Hamlin has been around the Bills’ facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., this week but it isn’t yet known if he will attend Sunday’s playoff game. He watched last weekend’s Bills-Miami Dolphins wild-card game from home.

“I’m pretty sure we’re just going to chop it up, laughs and giggles and just be happy to see him,” Higgins said of potentially getting to meet up with Hamlin.

While Hamlin was hospitalized in Cincinnati, Higgins was in communication with Hamlin’s family but he said he didn’t speak to Hamlin.

“Just letting his family do what he needs to do with all his loved ones and stuff like that,” Higgins said. “Hopefully I get to see him on the field Sunday and speak to him.”

Higgins does have a relationship with Hamlin. Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd holds an annual summer camp in the Pittsburgh area and Higgins attended as did Hamlin, who is also from the Pittsburgh area.

–Field Level Media

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