Bills HC Sean McDermott narrows down what the team expects from Damar Hamlin in the upcoming months after his miraculous recovery post on-field cardiac arrest
The Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has kept his faith in Damar Hamlin as a part of their active roster for 2023.
Sean McDermott lauds Damar Hamlin's miraculous recovery (via Imago)
Safety Damar Hamlin returned to the field against the Colts in the preseason for the first time since his cardiac arrest on January 2nd. While it may have only been an exhibition, the real victory came from just getting back on the field. Sean McDermott lauds the young player’s courage.
In a recent interview with the NFL’s Good Morning Football, the Buffalo Bills head coach spoke about Hamlin’s miraculous recovery. He highlighted that his team’s safety is an inspiration to every athlete.
“What a story of courage and faith,” he told Jamie Erdahl on the show.“It’s surreal in so many ways, and now we’re able to have him with us here to start the season,” he added. The 49-year-old has been a vocal supporter of Hamlin and his determination to play football. “What we just witnessed is remarkable,” McDermott told NFL.com. “It’s a true sign of a young man’s courage,” according to him.
The Buffalo Bills were dealt a massive blow when the 2021 sixth-round pick was taken out during the game against the Bengals. Luckily for them, the paramedics administered CPR and rushed the unconscious Hamlin to the hospital. Since his discharge, the 25-year-old has made it his mission to spread awareness of the use of CPR. He has organized several open sessions where they teach how to perform the life-saving method.
Last month, Hamlin was one of the special guests at the ESPY Awards. He was given the honor of felicitating the Bills’ medical team, which saved his life on that fateful day.
Damar Hamlin makes the Buffalo Bills 53-man roster for the 2023 NFL season
Before his Wednesday interview, Sean McDermott announced the day earlier that Damar Hamlin would be one of the 53 men for the 2023 season. There were doubts about whether he would eventually be cut to give him some more time to recover. But that’s not the case, as he is part of the active roster.
Hamlin will be the backup behind Micah Hyde. Despite the speculation, the Bills could not afford to cut Hamlin after he made a heroic return. Moreover, the Pittsburgh graduate is still on his four-year rookie contract and is considered a valuable asset.
On the other hand, veteran linebacker Von Miller ended up on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. He will most likely miss the first three weeks. The Bills will kick off their campaign against the New York Jets on September 12.
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