Damar Hamlin remains in the ICU at University of Cincinnati Hospital, two days after he collapsed on the field.
However, the family for the Bills safety seemed encouraged by his progress on Wednesday morning.
Hamlin, 24, collapsed on the field during Buffalo’s game against the Bills after a hard collision with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
The Giants came together for an unprecedented Wednesday morning team meeting. The primary focus was not on football but the emotional and mental state of players and coaches dealing with the shocking aftereffects of the ongoing and serious Damar Hamlin medical concerns, with several in attendance directly linked to the 24-year-old safety from time shared together with the Buffalo Bills.
The horror that has worried, captivated and halted the sports world took an encouraging turn, if not a definitive one.
When David Adams needed Damar Hamlin, Hamlin was always a phone call away.
As the Bills’ safety improves, there is a growing hope Adams can repay the favor.
The two were defensive stars together at Central Catholic High School, a football powerhouse in Pittsburgh, and back-to-back Pennsylvania Defensive Players of the Year for the 2015 (Hamlin) and ’16 (Adams) seasons.
Damar Hamlin’s No. 3 Bills jersey has reportedly been the best-selling jersey on Fanatics since Monday night. Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner was among those who purchased one.
He says it won’t arrive before Sunday’s Jets-Dolphins game, however, so he’s hoping someone can provide him a Hamlin jersey for him to wear before the game.
Troy Vincent, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, told reporters on Wednesday that there haven’t been talks about potentially postponing the Bills’ Week 18 game against the Patriots in the wake of Damar Hamlin going into cardiac arrest on Monday.
“We have not had that discussion,” Vincent said, according to Pro Football Talk. “It’s really important that we just keep the pulse of the coach and the players, and don’t get in front of that. And we’ll allow [Bills head coach] Sean [McDermott] and his team and his staff and his players, which are the most important thing here, to guide this, if we have to make that decision collectively with the club.”
President Biden was in touch with the parents of Damar Hamlin’s parents, according to Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News.
Biden was also asked earlier in the day if football was getting too dangerous, given Hamlin’s life-threatening situation.
Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins has been a beacon of support for Damar Hamlin’s family as the Bills safety remains in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest during “Monday Night Football” in Cincinnati.
“Tee Higgins has reached out multiple times,” Jordan Rooney — a friend and marketing representative for Hamlin who’s been speaking on behalf of the family — told WLWT’s Meredith Stutz. “He’s went above and beyond to show that he’s supportive. He has shown that he’s a great human being.”
Hamlin collapsed on the field during the first quarter of the Bills-Bengals game on Monday after he stood up following a routine, clean tackle on Higgins. The 24-year-old, Hamlin was administered CPR by medical personnel and his heartbeat was restored on the field before he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Bills said.
Brian Daboll was with the Bills in 2021 and thus, he certainly knows Damar Hamlin, the 24-year-old safety who is in intensive care and fighting for his life after going into cardiac arrest on the field Monday night in Cincinnati.
Daboll said he was watching the game live and that Hamlin’s medical emergency is “heavy on my heart.”
Before getting into any football with his Giants players, Daboll addressed Hamlin’s condition during the Wednesday morning team meeting. After consulting with general manager Joe Schoen — who, like Daboll, came to the Giants from the Bills — Daboll had team medical personnel at the meeting, including Dr. Lani Lawrence, the Giants’ director of wellness and clinical services, and team chaplain Gian Paul Gonzalez, speak with players and answer any questions they might have. Gonzalez offered a prayer for Hamlin’s recovery.
The Buffalo Bills said Wednesday afternoon that Damar Hamlin remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight," as Hamlin’s marketing rep Jordon Rooney noted to reporters earlier Wednesday.
"He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him," the Bills said.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday he could immediately feel the seriousness of the situation when Damar Hamlin collapsed on Monday night.
Bills coach Sean McDermott knew the game could not continue.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll was the Bills’ offensive coordinator last season when Damar Hamlin was a rookie safety in Buffalo.
Daboll on Wednesday was wearing a Giants cap with the No. 3 on it, his way of honoring Hamlin two days after Hamlin went into cardiac arrest.