Bills’ Damar Hamlin reportedly faces lengthy restoration

Exceptional as Damar Hamlin’s restoration has been, the Buffalo Bills security nonetheless faces a prolonged rehabilitation some three weeks after going into cardiac arrest and needing to be resuscitated on the sphere throughout a recreation in Cincinnati, his advertising consultant instructed The Related Press on Thursday evening.

“Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects,” Jordon Rooney mentioned. “Though he is able to visit the team’s facility, Damar is not in position to travel often, and requires additional rest to help his body heal.”

Rooney offered the replace to emphasise Hamlin nonetheless faces hurdles since being discharged from Buffalo Normal Medical Heart on Jan. 11. Hamlin’s launch got here 5 days after his docs mentioned the participant was respiration on his personal, strolling, speaking and exhibiting no indicators of neurological harm.

Rooney’s replace additionally gave perspective to feedback made by Bills coach Sean McDermott, who on Wednesday mentioned Hamlin has begun making common visits to the workforce’s facility. McDermott, nevertheless, harassed the 24-year-old was taking “a baby step at a time,” whereas including, Hamlin is “dipping his toe back in here and getting on the road to just getting back to himself.”

Hamlin has not but made a public look aside from {a photograph} linebacker Matt Milano posted on his Instagram account of his teammate on the Bills facility on Saturday. And he’s not but spoken publicly aside from posting messages on his social media accounts.

Rooney mentioned Hamlin is being watched over by his mother and father and “remains very upbeat and grateful for the support he’s received from his teammates and coaches, Bills Mafia and people from around the world.” That outpouring of assist has led to Hamlin’s charitable basis, Chasing M’s, elevating almost $9 million in donations.

With out saying from the place, he added, Hamlin can be cheering for the Bills on Sunday, when Buffalo hosts the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC divisional playoff recreation.

Hamlin live-tweeted whereas watching Buffalo’s 35-23 season-ending win over the New England Patriots from his hospital mattress on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart on Jan. 8. Final weekend, he live-tweeted whereas watching from residence the Bills’ 34-31 win over the Miami Dolphins in a wild-card playoff recreation.

The sport towards Cincinnati carries extra significance. It marks the primary assembly between the 2 groups since their recreation was canceled on Jan. 2, when Hamlin collapsed after being struck squarely within the chest whereas making what gave the impression to be a routine deal with of Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.

Hamlin’s household and Bills quarterback Josh Allen have defended Higgins in saying he shouldn’t be blamed for what occurred.

On Thursday, Higgins mentioned he couldn’t be extra appreciative of the household’s assist, whereas expressing hope Hamlin may attend the sport so the 2 may meet.

“Just be happy to see him,” Higgins mentioned. “I haven’t really spoken to him. Just letting his family do what he needs to do with all his loved ones.”

Additionally on Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul prolonged her assist to Hamlin throughout a telephone name with the participant. In a message posted on her Twitter account, Hochul referred to Hamlin as “an inspiration,” and let him know “the hopes and prayers of 20 million New Yorkers have been with him throughout his recovery.”

Hamlin, who’s from the Pittsburgh space, replied by writing it was good assembly Hochul and he was “excited to see how our collaborations in the future will help and affect so many.”

Reporting by The Related Press.

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