Damar Hamlin participated in his first padded practice this week and it did not take him very long to make a huge play while on defense.
Hamlin picked off backup quarterback Matt Barkley during Buffalo Bills training camp Tuesday. Barkley threw a wobbly pass as Hamlin planted his feet and dove to his knees for the interception.
He wasn’t finished as he got up and ran to the end zone, where he was greeted by fellow defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Dane Jackson.
Hamlin participated in his first padded practice since the injury on Monday.
“It feels amazing,” Hamlin said at a press conference after putting on pads again. “It’s a roller coaster of emotions. I was kind of all over the place, just kind of being back for the first time. But God don’t make no mistakes. I’m on God’s timing. As much as the NFL is on schedule and camp starts this day, this is all God’s timing.”
Despite the good feelings around him, Hamlin is making a push for a roster spot. He’s likely battling Dean Marlowe and Jared Maylen to be the Bills’ fourth safety.
Hamlin is set to return to the NFL after suffering cardiac arrest in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January.
Hamlin lay motionless on the field as medical personnel came out and saved his life. Hamlin stayed in the hospital for a week before being discharged.
He has been celebrated ever since, and in turn, he has celebrated the medical staff that saved his life.
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