Hamlin’s family spokesperson told The Associated Press that his recovery was headed in a “positive direction.”
Buffalo Bills safety representative Damar Hamlin said the athlete’s recovery was headed in a “positive direction” after experiencing cardiac arrest in the field in Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We all remain optimistic,” Hamlin marketing representative and family spokesman Jordon Rooney said. The Associated Press Wednesday.
The NFL released a statement on Wednesday, revealing that Hamlin was still in intensive care in critical condition but was showing signs of improvement. Rooney said he was unable to speak on the specifics of Hamlin’s recovery and current status at the request of his family, but that “things are moving in the right direction”.
Since the collapse of Hamlin and cardiac arrest during the first quarter of Monday’s game, football players and fans around the world have rallied behind him – including President Joe Biden, who spoke to Hamlin’s parents on the phone Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times reported.
Monday’s game came to a halt as medical personnel rushed onto the pitch and performed lifesaving measures, including CPR, on Hamlin, and the players formed a circle around them. As fans witnessed the dire situation, the NFL officially canceled and postponed the game at 10:01 p.m. — nearly half an hour after Hamlin left the stadium in an ambulance and an hour after his initial collapse.
Many people criticized the NFL for waiting so long to cancel the game. Some others, including Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless, seemed to suggest the game was too important to cancel. (Bayless later said his tweet was misinterpreted.)
On Wednesday, NFL management called any suggestion to continue the game “insensitive.”
“That suggestion was inappropriate, insensitive and frankly lacked empathy and compassion for the situation of Damar, who is still fighting for his life to this day,” the executive vice president of football operations said. NFL, Troy Vincent, in a statement. press conference Wednesday. “The only thing that mattered to me, the team here, the people at the stadium, the coaches, was Damar’s health and well-being. […] We just couldn’t play.
It’s unclear when the Bills’ game against the Bengals will be rescheduled.
The NFL said Tuesday afternoon that he would announce a rescheduled date, but it wouldn’t be this week. NFL spokesman Jeff Miller went on to say on Wednesday that any updates on the resumption of play will be left to bills.
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