ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – Doctors described Damar Hamlin’s neurological function as “excellent” Saturday as the Buffalo Bills’ safety made further progress in his recovery after he resuscitated on the field in a game in Cincinnati on Monday had to become.
In providing their daily update on Hamlin, the Bills said the player continues to breathe on his own but is in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Hamlin took one big step forward in his recovery on Friday when he was taken off a ventilator and showed his ability to speak.
There was a tweet on Saturday night on the 24-year-old’s verified Twitter account, which said that for every love that is put into the world, it comes back 3 times as much and thanking everyone who “reached out and prayed.” . It also said that responding to his injury will make Hamlin stronger. The tweet was followed by a heart-shaped emoji and “3”.
The tweet read: “Bringing love into the world comes back three times as much… grateful to everyone who reached out and prayed. This will strengthen me on the road to recovery, keep praying for me!”
The NFL will also support Hamlin during all Week 18 games beginning Saturday afternoon, including a pregame support moment where Hamlin’s No. 3 will be painted on the 30-yard line and pregame jerseys with “Love for Damar 3” can be printed. The Bills will also sport “3” jersey patches.
Hamlin also made a brief appearance in a live video conference call for his teammates on Friday, making several hand signals and saying, “Love you guys.”
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and his heart stopped Monday night after making what appeared to be a routine tackle in the first quarter against the Bengals. The game was initially suspended before being officially canceled later in the week.
The Bills plan to pay tribute to Hamlin and the first responders and medical staff who treated the player when they end the season Sunday by hosting the New England Patriots.
On Saturday, the Steelers paid tribute to Pittsburgh-area Hamlin by delivering toys, books and school supplies to Kelly & Nina’s Daycare, where the player hosts an annual toy drive. Fans, players and team owners have also donated to the Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, which has raised just over $8.2 million as of Saturday afternoon.
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