Damar Hamlin is primed to complete an emotional comeback to the NFL on Sunday, returning for the Buffalo Bills nine months after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.
The 25-year-old was a healthy scratch for the Bills’ first three games of the season but an injury to starting safety Jordan Poyer opened the door for Hamlin to play against the Miami Dolphins.
Hamlin was seen praying in a huddle with his teammates in the minutes before he took to the field for his first regular season game since collapsing back in January.
The safety went into cardiac arrest and needed resuscitation on the field during a ‘Monday Night Football’ game against the Bengals in January.
He returns in a huge game between AFC East rivals Buffalo (2-1) and the Dolphins (3-0), who are coming off a 70-20 win over Denver last week.
Damar Hamlin completed an remarkable comeback to the NFL against the Dolphins on Sunday
Hamlin returned for the Buffalo Bills nine months after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field
Hamlin took a huge step towards completing this return late last month, when he made the cut after the Bills trimmed their roster to 53 players.
The 25-year-old, who was selected by the Bills in the 2021 NFL draft, has reclaimed a backup role behind starters Micah Hyde and Poyer.
Hamlin was placed in a medically-induced coma after going into cardiac arrest and needing to be resuscitated on the field.
He was back in action during preseason, with his first action coming against the Indianapolis Colts on August 12 – seven months after his January 2 scare.
Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle in the early stages of the Bills’ trip to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Medics performed CPR on the safety, who was put on a ventilator and remained in a Buffalo hospital for over a week.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest following a hit from Tee Higgins on January 2 in Cincinnati