Damar Hamlin is taking tests in the hopes of being sent home

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Bills safety Damar Hamlin has returned to Buffalo from Cincinnati, but he remains hospitalized — eight days after suffering cardiac arrest during a Bills-Bengals game. He has posted an update regarding his status.

Not home quite just yet,” he said on Twitter. “Still doing & passing a bunch of test. Special thank you to Buffalo General. It’s been nothing but love since arrival! Keep me in y’all prayers please!”

It’s an amazing recovery, fueled by excellent care and the simple fact that Hamlin is an elite athlete. And it’s been a great (and rare) example of how we can set aside our differences and rally around a common cause.

There will be plenty of people rallying around Hamlin if he is released from the hospital and ultimately is able to attend the Dolphins-Bills playoff game on Sunday. If Hamlin steps onto that field, it will be a scene unlike any we’ve ever witnessed at an NFL game.

21 responses to “Damar Hamlin is taking tests in the hopes of being sent home

  1. I think there was some public misunderstanding when he left the hospital in Cincinnati that he was being sent home. He was transferred to Buffalo General Hospital, as in he was going to be in a hospital at home in Buffalo. He didn’t just get discharged and go to his house.

  2. If he made an appearance at the first playoff game, the response could be measured on the Richter Scale.

  3. The Bills will save the Hamlin on field until the divisional round vs bengals. That makes the most sense. Also the bills need that emotional lift Bs the bengals a lot more than they will vs dolphins.

    On another note, a potential bills bengals divisional game should be on a neutral field. The bengals could/should have been able to earn the home field over the bills had they went on to win that game.

    Regardless, the bengals would not have caught the chiefs.

  4. chiefskingdom24 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 2:24 pm
    On another note, a potential bills bengals divisional game should be on a neutral field. The bengals could/should have been able to earn the home field over the bills had they went on to win that game.
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    Buffalo/KC is a neutral site because Buffalo beat KC, along with the unknown of the cancelled game. Cincinnati did not beat Buffalo, there is only the unknown of the cancelled game. Buffalo had not lost this season when trailing at that point of a game, which is not to say they would have won but there’s a reason they play 4 quarters.

  5. This is just an incredible story – for the entire NFL – not just my Buffalo Bills. I suspect ALL players will share some positive emotional vibe when he returns to our stadium.

  6. Regardless, the Bills could have maintained their lead over the Chiefs so chieftains ought leave that as is and take the 1 seed and the bye and omit the woulda coulda shoulda scenarios that didn’t play out while a man was fighting for life.

  7. Never underestimate the power of youth, superb physical condition and a top notch medical team! This could have turned out much worse! #3

  8. buffalotears says:
    January 10, 2023 at 3:30 pm
    chiefskingdom24 says:
    January 10, 2023 at 2:24 pm
    On another note, a potential bills bengals divisional game should be on a neutral field. The bengals could/should have been able to earn the home field over the bills had they went on to win that game.
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    Buffalo/KC is a neutral site because Buffalo beat KC, along with the unknown of the cancelled game. Cincinnati did not beat Buffalo, there is only the unknown of the cancelled game. Buffalo had not lost this season when trailing at that point of a game, which is not to say they would have won but there’s a reason they play 4 quarters.
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    I do not disagree with the Buffalo/KC game being at a neutral site. In fact, I think its very fair and is a good way to handle it. I don’t see where I suggested otherwise. But, in most posts and on social, the Chiefs are getting alot of anger thrown from Bills/Bengals Fans over the #1 seed. Not saying this is most of their fans, but at least alot of the ones that post here. The Chiefs had no control over the game being cancelled and were all pulling for Hamlin as that is more important than anything at that time. That said, it is not unfair for the Chiefs to get the #1 seed. Could that have changed if the Bills/Bengals game had finished? If the bills win, it would have, I agree. If the Bengals won, it would not have changed anything as the Chiefs won at LV anyway.

    I see your point on Bills/Bengals game and seeing it from that point of view it makes sense.

    TBH, I do count the blessings that the chiefs don’t have to potentially play the Bills and Bengals both again this year. That surely was a tough haul last year having to play both teams. But we have to get out of the Divisional round. Here is to hoping that neither the Bills, Bengals or Chiefs look ahead to the next game as it will be great football to see them face off again.

    On the Hamlin being at a potential Bills/Bengals game topic my point is that would be a great moment for him to be in person at a game between the same teams involved that night. This would be regardless of where it was played, but in Buffalo, that would be awesome. This would no doubt be a huge emotional boost to the Bills in that moment, at that game, with those two teams. Would be must see TV.

  9. This is such a curious case and it’s very intriguing because he got hit but we see harder hits in every game. I think we have to start having these athletes being regularly checked with EKG, Echo and other blood work for these heart ailments. And the NFL can afford to bring in the proper equipment on site and test these guys once every 3 months because the worst thing that can happen is actually having a player die on national TV. I just think we can do more so the players we love are healthy. I’m rooting for everyone here to learn and get better from a medical aspect.

  10. Is there a chance he will play again?

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    I’m not a cardiolist but I don’t see that happening.

  11. The issue likely was EXACTLY when he sustained the hit moreso than the intensity of it. If so regular testing would not have shown anything. I imagine the testing he is undergoing now will define the actual cause.

  12. Regarding him playing again… I would guess not. Any decreased lung function would only matter compared to other elite athletes. However,, that is his occupation.

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