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Bills safety Damar Hamlin expresses gratitude for nationwide support

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
Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin continues to make swift progress in his recovery and used social media on Saturday to thank all of his well-wishers worldwide for being supportive and praying for him.

“Putting love into the world comes back 3xs as much… thankful for everyone who has reached out and prayed. This will make me stronger on the road to recovery, keep praying for me!” Hamlin said via social media.

The Bills provided a brief update earlier Saturday saying Hamlin is still breathing on his own at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has “excellent” neurological function.

“Per the physicians at UC Medical Center, Damar is making continued progress in his recovery yet remains in critical condition,” the team’s statement said. “He continues to breathe on his own and his neurological function is excellent.”

Hamlin collapsed during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals when he experienced cardiac arrest. The incident came immediately after he tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins during the first quarter.

Live-saving CPR was performed on the field and Hamilton was taken away from the field via ambulance.

Doctors haven’t yet determined what led to the cardiac incident.

Hamlin, 24, had his breathing tube removed late in the week and was able to briefly talk to his Buffalo teammates via Zoom on Friday.

Prior to Saturday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders in Las Vegas, there was a moment of tribute to honor Hamlin with fans and players from both teams clapping and cheering.

Buffalo returns to action Sunday at home against the New England Patriots and all Bills players will have a ‘3’ patch — Hamlin’s jersey number — on their jerseys.

Hamlin, a second-year pro, has 88 tackles and 1.5 sacks this season. He was a sixth-round pick in 2021 out of Pitt.

–Field Level Media