CINCINNATI (WCMH) — While Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, family, friends, and his team said Wednesday that there are improvements.
The Bills confirmed in a statement that Hamlin is showing “signs of improvement” and is expected to remain in intensive care for a second day.
ESPN reporter Coley Harvey wrote on social media that the Hamlin family and their spokesperson and Damar’s marketing representative, Jordon Rooney, told him that he is still sedated.
On Monday night, the 24-year-old Bills defender collapsed on the field from a cardiac arrest during the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at PayCor Stadium. Hamlin remained motionless on the field and was resuscitated once by medics before an ambulance took him to UC Medical Center.
In an interview with CNN, Damar Hamlin’s uncle said that he was resuscitated twice but in Harvey’s report, he states that Rooney clarified he was only resuscitated one time.
“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us,” the Hamlin family said in a Tuesday statement. “Please keep Damar in your prayers.”
Thoughts towards Hamlin’s recovery have come from across the country with examples including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine starting a Tuesday press conference with a moment of silence and all 32 NFL teams changing their Twitter profile pictures to Hamlin’s jersey number “3”, reading on top “Pray for Damar.”
People also gathered online to donate to Hamlin’s toy drive fundraiser, “Chasing M’s,” where more than $6 million has been raised from more than 200,000 donations. The fundraiser goal was set at $2,500.
NFL officials paused the game between the Bills and Bengals after Hamlin’s collapse with Cincinnati leading 7-3. The league said the game will not resume this week and the two teams are scheduled to play Week 18 games as planned.
In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, NFL executive vice president Jeff Miller said a decision should happen in the coming days as the league consults with the two teams. “That conversation about what we do with that game has begun,” said Miller.