Damar Hamlin appears to be ‘neurologically intact’, the team says; teammate adds that the player is ‘awake’

The Buffalo Bills and cornerback Kaiir Elam provided updates on safety Damar Hamlin Thursday morning.

Elam tweeted that the sophomore pro is “awake and showing more signs of improvement.”

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
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“Our boy is better, awake and showing more signs of improvement,” Elam posted on Twitter. “Thank you God. Keep coming prayers please. All love 3!”

Hamlin has been in critical condition since Monday night, when he went into cardiac arrest after hitting Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.

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Hamlin fell to the grass after the tackle and was administered CPR before an ambulance took him to hospital.

The Bills also provided an update Thursday, saying Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement” and is “neurologically intact.”

Hamlin’s terrifying collapse on the turf stunned the NFL world as the league awaited word on his condition.

Thursday’s update is the most positive since Hamlin was taken to the hospital Monday night.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, #17, reacts as medical personnel attend to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, #17, reacts as medical personnel attend to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
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Hamlin has reportedly responded after opening his eyes last night, according to NFL Network.

“[Bills] S Damar Hamlin opened her eyes last night and responds. Truly incredible,” the NFL Network posted on Twitter Thursday. “One thing is abundantly clear in speaking with those close to him: they are infinitely appreciative of the medical care that was provided to Hamlin on the field immediately, and then over the past 72 hours.” .

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Thoughts and prayers have reached Hamlin across the sports world since Monday night, which Hamlin’s agency acknowledged Thursday.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, #3, warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, #3, warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
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“The outpouring of support for Damar across the country has been incredible,” Agency 1 Sports said in a statement. “Thank you for the calls, messages and emails. Damar has improved substantially overnight. We are so grateful for all the first responders, doctors and hospital staff and everyone who has played a role in this process. “.

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“Please continue to pray for Damar and we will provide updates as they become available.”

The Bills will practice Thursday for the first time since Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.