Damar Hamlin visited with his Bills teammates before kickoff and again at halftime of Buffalo’s Divisional Round playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Hamlin joined his Bills teammates in the locker room before heading up to a suite to watch the game with his family, ESPN reported. Reporter Tracy Wolfson of NFL on CBS said Hamlin came down from the suite at halftime, with Buffalo trailing Cincinnati 17-7, and visited the Bills’ locker room again.
A video of Hamlin at Highmark Stadium with his family, including his mother, Nina, and brother, Damir, was tweeted by the Bills. The Bills showed Hamlin in his suite during a T.V. timeout, which elicited a considerable cheer from the crowd as Hamlin made a heart with his hands.
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Sunday’s game was the first time Hamlin attended a live Bills game since he suffered cardiac arrest on the field against the Bengal on Jan. 2. He has been making remarkable steps forward in his multi-week recovery process.
A week and a half ago, he was released from a Buffalo area hospital to begin physical therapy at home with the Bills’ training staff. Despite being healthy enough to watch Sunday’s game from Highmark Stadium, Hamlin still requires oxygen and has a lengthy recovery process ahead of him, CBS reported before the broadcast of Sunday’s game.
Hamlin was seen on teammate Matt Milano’s Instagram story at the Bills’ facility last week, but he watched the Bills’ Wild Card win against the Miami Dolphins at home, despite some reports he would be in attendance.
The NFL canceled the Bills-Bengals game on Jan. 2 in response to Hamlin’s on-field collapse and implemented changes to the AFC playoffs, including a potential neutral-site AFC Championship Game. If the Bills defeat the Bengals on Sunday, they would play the Chiefs in Atlanta next Sunday.