Rams’ Powell expresses to teammates on Hamlin scenario

Rams receiver Brandon Powell obtained to know Damar Hamlin throughout coaching camp with the Buffalo Payments in 2021.

Powell didn’t make the roster, however Hamlin, a rookie security, left an impression.

“He was always in a good mood,” Powell stated Thursday. “On the field he was always working hard, flying around, celebrating.

“Just a guy who makes you want to work. If you’re playing against him, you better bring it.”

Hamlin, 24, this week went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the sector throughout a recreation towards the Cincinnati Bengals on “Monday Night Football.”

Hamlin stays in crucial situation within the intensive care unit of a Cincinnati hospital. However a physician advised reporters on Thursday that it seems Hamlin’s neurological operate is undamaged, that means he can observe instructions and transfer.

“He still has significant progress he needs to make, but this marks a really good turning point in his ongoing care,” the physician stated.

On Wednesday, when NFL groups returned to follow for the primary time since final Sunday’s video games, Powell was amongst Rams gamers who spoke about Hamlin’s scenario throughout a staff assembly.

“You know people get injured, but to see that happen on the field…there were a lot of emotions,” Powell stated. “That’s something that’s unfortunate that happened, but you got feelings and you want to let everybody know.”

Linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Jalen Ramsey endorsed Powell after the assembly. He stated he was grateful, “to be able to talk and express my feelings, and with my teammates who I’m with every day to help me out.”

Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin (3) warms up earlier than enjoying towards the New York Jets on Dec. 11, 2022, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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Like different Rams gamers, the 5-foot-8, 181-pound Powell stated he has been inundated with calls from members of the family involved about him.

“They’re worried, so like it kind of went across your head like, ‘Man, like is football worth it?’” Powell stated. “But at the end of the day you look at it like, man, it’s your job. You’ll never find a job like this. You’re blessed, and God watches over you every time you go out there, you get to take care of your family and get to do what you love every day.

“You push it to the side and hope [Hamlin’s] fine, and let’s find out what happened so we can go out there and play safe.”

Powell stated that within the wake of Hamlin’s scenario, he realized that he might put on a sternum protector along with his shoulder pads, one thing he’ll do on Sunday when the Rams play their season finale towards the Seattle Seahawks.

“This is football,” he stated. “Running into each other, someone can get hurt. You care for your teammates and you care for the other team. … I get the best of you, you get the best of me…. Just hope everyone can be safe.”

Related Press contributed to this report.