Buffalo Bills announce Damar Hamlin has been cleared to resume full football activities

Brad Sullivan
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The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday that safety Damar Hamlin has been cleared to resume full football activities.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane made the announcement and indicated that three specialists have given the go-ahead for Hamlin to resume his football career.

The team made sure to note Hamlin’s official return on social media.

Prior to the Bills’ scheduled game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2 of last season, Hamlin was a somewhat unknown defensive back. That visibility instantly changed early in the game when Hamlin collapsed on the field and needed life-saving treatment.

With Hamlin’s life hanging in the balance for days, his health struggle drew the attention of the NFL, fans across the country and even individuals with little interest in football. Evidence of that concern was seen by the infusion of millions of dollars into Hamlin’s charitable foundation.

Thanks to his immediate medical treatment, prime physical condition and the continuing care he received in a Cincinnati hospital, Hamlin was able to make a remarkable recovery.

Just 20 days after his near-tragedy, Hamlin was able to watch the Bills in their playoff game against the Bengals in Buffalo. However, he was no doubt disappointed when the Bills fell by a score of 27-10.

Hamlin was in Washington, D.C. late last month to advocate for increased funding for automated external defibrillators (AED) in schools. While there, he visited the White House and met with President Joe Biden.

At the time of his injury, the 25-year-old Hamlin was only in his second NFL season and had started for the Bills in 13 of the 15 games he played in during the 2022 campaign. In those games, he had 63 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

The University of Pittsburgh product was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and is now in the third year of a four-year deal.

Regardless of how the remainder of Hamlin’s career takes shape, his comeback will certainly serve as an inspiration to the rest of the world and leave an indelible mark on the game.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.