Damar Hamlin has visited the Buffalo Bills at their apply facility a number of instances in current days. Coach Sean McDermott indicated Wednesday the visits might turn into a day by day prevalence because the Bills security recovers after struggling cardiac arrest throughout a recreation earlier this month.
McDermott spoke with reporters earlier than apply because the Bills put together for his or her AFC divisional playoff recreation Sunday in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, the staff Buffalo was taking part in on Jan. 2 when Hamlin collapsed and needed to be resuscitated on the sector. The sixth-year coach was requested how his gamers have been doing within the aftermath of such a traumatic expertise.
“I think the guys are in a good spot,” McDermott mentioned. “You know, Damar’s in the building now, almost starting daily, so that’s good news. And as he continues to improve, that certainly helps.”
Asked to elaborate about Hamlin’s visits to the power, McDermott mentioned Hamlin hasn’t participated in staff conferences however as an alternative is simply “dipping his toe back in here, you know, getting on the road to, just getting back to himself.”
As for Hamlin’s experiences on the facility, McDermott mentioned: “It’s limited, just overall. But he comes in, and really just started really today or yesterday, and just trying to get back to a little bit of a routine and just get himself acclimated again and taking it one step, one baby step at a time here.”
Hamlin was launched from the hospital on Jan. 11 to proceed his restoration at dwelling. He visited his teammates for the primary time three days later throughout their walk-through forward of their wild-card recreation in opposition to the Miami Dolphins. Hamlin’s dad and mom and brother have been with him on the time.
“Word traveled fast, because by the end of walk-through everyone had gotten down there to say hello,” McDermott mentioned Sunday of that preliminary go to, “and he was trying to, you know, being the team guy that he is, trying to stay under the radar and he was kind of all the way down the one end zone there. But yeah, good to see him back in the building.”
Cornerback Kaiir Elam mentioned Sunday: “That was special for the whole team, because everybody just ran up and just bombarded each other trying to get to see him and hug him. And I think that was very special and it lifted a lot of spirits as well.”