Damar Hamlin is returning to the NFL as it was announced this week. The Buffalo Bills cornerback suffered cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January and had to be rushed immediately to the hospital.
Before he was rushed off the field, medical personnel had to administer CPR on the field in order to save his life. Just three months later, the cornerback miraculously says he’ll be playing again.
Earlier in the press conference, Hamlin confirmed that his near-fatal incident was related to commotio cordis which is a rare type of cardiac arrest that’s caused by a chest blow at a precise spot at the wrong moment within the heartbeat.
Hamlin stood up immediately following the tackle before falling to the ground.
Because of the serious nature of Hamlin’s situation, the NFL canceled the game between the Bills and Bengals and it would not be rescheduled.
Hamlin played college football for the University of Pittsburgh.
He was a four-year starter for the Panthers and was named to the All-ACC Third Team in 2019 and the All-ACC Second Team in 2020. He declared for the 2021 NFL Draft and was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by Buffalo with the No. 212 overall pick.
The cornerback just completed his second season in the league.
Hamlin totaled 63 tackles, two passes defended, and a forced fumble for the Bills during the 2022 season. Buffalo ended the year with a 13-3 record.
While Hamlin has been cleared for a full return, it’s unclear if he’ll play immediately when the Bills step on the field in 2023. We assume he will be brought back on gradually to make sure his health is fine enough for him to take big hits again.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.