Damar Hamlin’s return to Buffalo brings comfort to Bills as AFC playoff preparation begins

By Alec White

There were a lot of smiles in the building at One Bills Drive on Monday, and for good reason. University of Cincinnati Health physicians cleared Damar Hamlin to fly home to Buffalo on Monday and be transferred to a hospital in the Buffalo area.

Hamlin arrived safely in Buffalo where he is still receiving care. But knowing he’s back home is the latest chapter of what has been a storybook weekend in his path to recovery.

“What a blessing, just incredible progress that he’s made and incredible care that he’s been under, both in Cincinnati and now here. So we’re just very thankful for that,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said. “Just thankful that Damar is back and resting in Buffalo here.”

McDermott briefly saw Hamlin when he touched down in Buffalo earlier in the day and shared an update as to how he’s doing.

“(Hamlin’s) just very tired but he seems happy and happy to be back in Buffalo and around a familiar area to him,” he said.

Bills players over the past week expressed their elation as they continued to hear better and better news beginning last Wednesday night about Hamlin’s progress. The overwhelming feeling from them was that they couldn’t wait to hug their teammate again

Bills players over the past week expressed their elation as they continued to hear better and better news beginning last Wednesday night about Hamlin’s progress. The overwhelming feeling from them was that they couldn’t wait to hug their teammate again.

McDermott said that the team will have a chance to see Hamlin in person at some point soon but those details are still being worked out. For now, Facetime will suffice just as Hamlin was on the phone to break down the team huddle after Sunday’s 35-23 win over New England.

“We will have a plan in place. We’ll work through that at the proper time,” McDermott said.

As the team takes comfort in knowing one of their own is back in Buffalo, there is still a playoff game to prepare for this week with the AFC Wild Card round. McDermott shared that while Hamlin won’t be physically present in the team facility this week, having him back in Buffalo will continue to help the Bills’ mentality this week as they begin practice.

 

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