What Happened to Damar Hamlin? Will he play in the NFL Again?

What happened during Monday Night Football?

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Damar Romeyelle Hamlin is an American Football Player who plays for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL (National Football League). In January of this year, the 25-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest during a Monday Night Football game. 

What happened to Damar Hamlin, was that he suffered a cardiac arrest after making a tackle. CPR and AED were quickly administered before he was rushed to a local hospital. Nine days after the incident, he was discharged and since then, Hamlin has made a full recovery. 

Who is Damar Hamlin?

Hamlin was considered a prodigy when coming out of Central Catholic High School. Before his professional NFL Career, he used to play for the Pittsburgh Panthers, with whom he recorded 41 tackles in the nine games he played. The next year, Hamlin led the Panthers’ secondary with 77 tackles and two interceptions. 

What Happened To Damar Hamlin?
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In the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Bills and spent most of his rookie season as a backup before becoming a starter in 2022, following a season-ending injury to star Micah Hyde. 

What Happened to Damar Hamlin during Monday Night Football?

On January 2, 2023, during a Week 17 Monday Night Football game between the Bills and the Bengals, Hamlin collapsed on the field at 8:56 p.m. EST after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins. 

Higgins’s right shoulder collided with the chest of Hamlin who as a defender made a tackle by wrapping his arms around Higgins’ shoulders. Hamlin stood up momentarily before passing out and falling backward. 

What Happened To Damar Hamlin?
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What happened to Damar Hamlin was that he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field. First responders initiated CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillation) before being laid on a stretcher and placed in an Ambulance. What happened to Damar Hamlin was really unfortunate and left the NFL World stunned.

Will Hamlin return to the NFL?

After being admitted to the local hospital (University of Cincinnati Medical Center) for a week, Hamlin was discharged. After what happened to Damar Hamlin, he was flown to Buffalo General Medical Center and discharged two days later to continue rehabilitation at home. 

In February of the same year, Hamlin made a special on-field appearance at Super Bowl LVII, his first public appearance in a month since the incident. In April, Buffalo Bills General Manager, Brandon Beane stated that Hamlin was fully clear to return to the NFL. 

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Hamlin had also met President Joe Biden at the White House. What happened to Damar Hamlin was really unfortunate and fans of the sport are hoping for his return. Hamlin is also an advocate for the Access to AEDs Act, which assists schools in obtaining and using automated external defibrillators.

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