NFL announces Damar Hamlin will be honored “league-wide” in all Week 18 games
The NFL announced Friday that the final week of the regular season will be a tribute to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
Hamlin, victim of cardiac arrest Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengalsspoke to his Bills teammates Friday morning after having his breathing tube removed overnight.
“I love you boys,” Hamlin told his teammates.
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The NFL announced Friday morning that all 32 teams will have multiple options to honor Hamlin in their Week 18 games.
Each team will be encouraged to read a public announcement as a “unified show of support for Damar, first responders and caregivers”.
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All 32 teams can draw the number “3” on the 30-yard line of the field in Buffalo Bills red or blue, while players will also have the option of wearing black Nike t-shirts during warm-ups that say “Love for Damar 3.”
The Bills unveiled a special patch that will be worn on Sunday in the Buffalo game against the New England Patriots.
Hamlin needed CPR on Monday night after collapsing on the turf following a tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
On Thursday, Buffalo shared the most positive update since Hamlin was taken to hospital, saying Hamlin has shown “remarkable improvement” and appears to be “neurologically intact.”
Bills quarterback Josh Allen spoke alongside head coach Sean McDermott Thursday afternoon after Buffalo’s first practice since Monday night’s terrifying events, thanking the coaching staff for saving Hamlin’s life.
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“I want to thank – I know the coach mentioned this earlier – our coaching staff for going out there, not knowing what’s going on but going through a checklist… saving his life. life,” an emotional Allen told reporters.
“Being on this ground, you’re losing sleep. You hurt for your brother. Lots of shared grief.”
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The NFL announced Thursday night that the game between the Bills and the Bengals would not resume and was canceled.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report
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