Hamlin, who has made a miraculous comeback after suffering cardiac arrest during a Monday Night Football fixture against the Cincinnati Bengals in January, was active for the Bills in preseason. However, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, he will be a “healthy inactive” when they play the New York Jets this Monday.
Hamlin finished the preseason with 10 tackles, appearing in all three games. He is now expected to make his regular-season return in the coming weeks.
That he was selected as part of the team’s 53-man roster was a huge deal for the player as there were fears he might never play football again.
And in the wake of it all, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott has waxed lyrical over Damar’s strength, courage, and faith, given his quick return after nearly losing his life earlier this year.
“It’s a true sign of a young man’s courage and, obviously, everyone that helped him get to this point,” McDermott said to reporters. “I know there’s a football game going on out there today, but I mean, truly remarkable display of courage and strength and faith.”
The Bills will be relying on Cam Lewis for the time being. The former University of Buffalo star can play as a safety or a nickelback and will slot in where needed during Hamlin’s absence.
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