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Damar Hamlin Faces 'Lengthy Recovery' from Cardiac Arrest, Family Spokesman Says

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2023

FILE - Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (31) is shown before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Hamlin was released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, more than a week after he went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game at Cincinnati, after his doctors said they completed a series of tests. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
AP Photo/John Amis, File

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin still faces a "lengthy recovery" as he continues recovering from the cardiac arrest suffered during Week 17's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Despite being out of the hospital, Damar still has a lengthy recovery," spokesperson Jordon Rooney said in a statement to Cole Harvey of ESPN on Thursday. "Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly. He has visited with the team a few times but he still gets winded very easily.

"He's upbeat and positive and ready to continue to overcome this."

Hamlin was discharged from the hospital last week and has been visiting with teammates at the Bills facility "almost daily," coach Sean McDermott told reporters Wednesday.

"It's limited, just overall," McDermott said of Hamlin's activity in the building. "But he comes in and really just started really today or yesterday and just trying to get back to a little bit of a routine and just get himself acclimated again and taking it one step, one baby step at a time here."

There has been no public word on whether Hamlin will ever be able to resume his football career. The 24-year-old started 13 games for the Bills this season, compiling 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks before colliding with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins and going into cardiac arrest on the field Jan. 2.

Hamlin was resuscitated on the field and then spent two days in a medically induced coma before waking up and beginning his recovery. He was discharged from a Buffalo area hospital Jan. 11.

The Bills and Bengals are set to play in the AFC Divisional Round this weekend, less than three weeks after their Week 17 game was canceled as a result of Hamlin's collapse.