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NFL: Damar Hamlin cleared to play again after cardiac arrest | NFL News


The 25-year-old Buffalo Bills safety collapsed during a game in January and required on-field CPR.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been cleared to return to play three months after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a game last season and needed to be restarted on the field, the NFL club said.

Hamlin collapsed after making a routine tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2 and underwent life-saving CPR on the field as horrific scenes took place in packed stadiums and across the U.S. before the television audience.

The 25-year-old’s recovery has enthralled the sporting world, with Hamlin receiving massive support from across the globe.

“He has been cleared to return to full activity, as has everyone else returning from injury,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a post on the club’s Twitter account Tuesday.

“He’s completely cleared, he’s here and his mentality, he’s in a good head space to come back and come back.”

Bean said the players were cleared Friday after meeting with a third and final specialist.

Bean said the three experts agreed that Hamlin was fit to return to full activity. While the Bills had their own doctor sit in on Hamlin’s meeting with the specialist, Bean said the team was following the specialist’s lead.

Such an outcome seemed impossible three months ago, when Hamlin was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital, sedated and put on a ventilator, in critical condition.

He spent several days in the hospital as fans held vigil while the NFL gathered around their teammates, with members of each team donning Hamlin-style attire at games and playing in the… Show love and support inside the stadium.

The second-year player from the Pittsburgh suburb of McKees Rock spent nearly 10 days recovering in hospitals in Cincinnati and Buffalo before being discharged. He eventually began touring Bills facilities and attended the season finale in the team’s 27-10 divisional playoff loss to Cincinnati.

Hamlin has since made numerous appearances across the United States, including meeting with President Joe Biden last month.

He received the Alan Page Community Award from the NFL Players Association during Super Bowl festivities in Arizona in February. He also participated in a pregame ceremony in which the NFL honored the Bills and Bengals’ training and medical staff, as well as the first responders who treated him.

Hamlin said he is committed to educating the public about the benefits of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and life-saving techniques, and is partnering with the American Heart Association on a national program that provides free tutorials and videos on emergency breathing and defibrillator use.

A sixth-round pick for Buffalo in 2021, Hamlin recorded 93 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass defenses in 29 games (13 starts) with the Bills.

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