ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Damar Hamlin’s doctors believe the Buffalo Bills safety has shown “notable improvement over the last 24 hours,” the team said three days Thursday. after the player suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the game and had to be resuscitated on the field.
“Although he remains critically ill, he has shown that he appears to be neurologically intact,” the Bills said in a statement. “His lungs continue to heal and he is showing signs of improvement.”
Kaiir Elam, rookie cornerback for the Bills, also posted a message on his Twitter account, where he stated that Hamlin “is improving, is awake and shows signs of improvement.”
The information emerged on the day the Bills were resuming practice after Hamlin collapsed from cardiac arrest. The chilling episode occurred just after the player had knocked down an opponent in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
An ambulance took Hamlin to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center.
The player, who is in his second year in the NFL, has spent the last few days sedated. The latest reports indicated that he was still in critical condition.
The Bills prepare to host the New England Patriots on Sunday. They will seek to concentrate on the match, at a time when many players are still in shock from having seen their partner collapse, without a pulse.
On Tuesday, after the suspension of the game, the Bills returned to Buffalo. A day later, they held meetings and practiced without physical contact or permission for the press to attend.
The players arrived for training on Thursday, the schedule of which was not disclosed by the team.