The Buffalo Bills provided an encouraging safety update to Damar Hamlin on Thursday.
The team said Hamlin had shown “remarkable improvement” over the past day and appeared to be “neurologically intact,” according to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. While the team said the 24-year-old was “still seriously ill”, they said he was continuing to improve.
Here is the team’s full statement:
Hamlin’s agency, Agency 1 Sports, also released a statement about Hamlin’s “substantial improvement” and the support he has received from across the NFL.
Kaiir Elam, who is teammate with Hamlin in the Bills’ secondary, also provided an update.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Hamlin opened his eyes Wednesday night and clutched the hands of his loved ones.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini also reported that Hamlin’s doctors believe he is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.
Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday’s game between the Bills and the Bengals in Cincinnati. He suffered cardiac arrest, was listed in critical condition late Monday night, and has been at UCMC ever since.
The Bills are scheduled to practice Thursday for the first time since Monday’s game. The NFL announced Tuesday that the Bills-Bengals game will not resume this week and the status of that game remains unclear. Buffalo’s next game is at home against the New England Patriots on Sunday.