Damar Hamlin makes a near-miraculous return to the NFL… just seven months after suffering cardiac arrest against Cincinnati
- Hamlin collapsed on the pitch after a blow from Tee Higgins in a match on January 2
- The standout ex-Pitt used his platform to thank the medical staff who helped him
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NFL football is back, and so is Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
The Buffalo fan favorite became very relevant after going into cardiac arrest on the grill during a game between the Bengals and the Bills Jan. 2 in Cincinnati.
Hamlin hasn’t played since then but has become a leading figure in the American sports landscape and is one of the most talked about NFL players despite his limited production on the field.
The former Pitt standout is currently second to Micah Hyde on the Bills’ depth chart at the free safety position.
Damar Hamlin is preparing for his first NFL game – albeit a preseason game – since Jan. 2
Currently, the former Pitt player is ranked second on the Bills depth chart at the FS position.
While his place on the Bills’ roster is far from certain, there’s a better chance than not, at least currently, that he’ll remain on Buffalo’s 53-man roster.
It remains to be seen what part of the match Hamlin will play, or if he will be on kickoff duty – given his speed and physicality.
Hamlin was seen having fun before the game, dancing to music blaring through the speakers at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.
He received a huge ovation from the home crowd as he ran onto the pitch before kick-off.
Hamlin was not on the field for the Indianapolis opener in which Anthony Richardson was picked by Dane Jackson.