Seven Months After Suffering Cardiac Arrest on the Field, Damar Hamlin Unites NFL Fans Once Again

Published 08/30/2023, 6:46 AM EDT

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During a match against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a heart attack. Damar collapsed on the field after taking a hit from the Cincinnati Bengals’s wide receiver, Tee Higgins. This incident in January became a mutual concern for the entire NFL community, uniting them overnight.

NFL fans reacted to the incident on TV and social media after the scary incident. Several athletes and members of the NFL community also took to social media to express their thoughts. This near-death incident was over seven months ago and Hamlin has now gotten better. However, he once again brought all the NFL fans together with some heart-warming news.

Safety Damar Hamlin makes Bill’s 53-player roster


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Yes, safety Damar Hamlin has made the cut to Bill’s 53-player roster!

Damar Hamlin still strives to resume his football career seven months after a fatal cardiac arrest during the game at Cincinnati. His wish came true on Tuesday when he made it to the team as the Bills announced their 53-player roster.

Tom Pelissero, an American journalist, took to his Instagram account, mentioning Damar in one of his recent posts.

Tom Pelissero wrote, Damar Hamlin has made the #Bills‘ 53-man roster, per source. Hamlin has been working in camp as a backup safety and special teamer as he continues to make his way back after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in January.”


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Recently, Hamlin also expressed his experience of returning to the turf. He said: “I made the choice that I wanted to play, you know, it wasn’t nobody else’s choice but mine. So, when you see my cleats laced up and my helmet and shoulder pads on, there ain’t gonna be no hesitation.” Hamlin gave this statement after Buffalo’s preseason-opening win against Indianapolis.

McDermott declares Hamlin as fit to play


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Coach Sean McDermott also commented on the issue, saying, “From my non-medical standpoint, I think he’s checked all the boxes as far as that goes. There’s just been enough of a sample where you’re saying, he’s executed well and come out of that healthy.”

However, Brandon Beane, the general manager of the Buffalo Bills, has commented that the roster could still change. The manager stressed this could happen before the Bills enter the field in this season’s opening game with the New York Jets in September.


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Hamlin has certainly shown immense courage and dedication to reach this milestone. He has reclaimed a backup spot behind starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. This has again created a buzz and a sense of unity among the entire NFL community. If the roster is updated, will Damar Hamlin still be a part of it? What do you think?

Also read- “Roller Coaster of Emotions:” Damar Hamlin Takes a Monumental Leap in the Right Direction, 211 Days After On-Field Collapse


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Ajinkya Avinash Brahmankar is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He likes to be the beacon of information between the NFL events and the audience, with special emphasis on trending news. Ajinkya is an enthusiastic person who also likes to cover live events and provide his take.
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