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Damar Hamlin ‘fully cleared’ to return to football activities, Buffalo Bills general manager says

The NFL player has been recovering since collapsing during a game, going into cardiac arrest, and being treated


Damar Hamlin appeared at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 27 in Los Angeles. He collapsed during a game four months ago and was not fully in the clear to resume football activities until Tuesday.

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By Creg Stephenson

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been cleared to resume football activities, nearly four months after collapsing on the field and nearly dying due to cardiac arrest.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Hamlin had recently seen three medical specialists and all were in “lockstep” that the 25-year-old defensive back could return to football without restriction. Buffalo began its voluntary offseason workout program on Monday and will hold the first of a series of organized team activities in late May.

“He is cleared to resume full activities just like anyone else coming back from an injury or whatever,” Beane said. “He’s fully cleared, he’s here. And he is of the mindset of and in a great headspace to come back and make his return.”

Hamlin was in his first season as a starter with the Bills when he collapsed on the field after making a tackle during the first quarter of a Jan. 2 Monday Night Football game in Cincinnati (the game was postponed after Hamlin’s collapse and later canceled). On-site medical personnel performed CPR and other life-saving techniques before he was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin spent a week hospitalized in Cincinnati before being transferred back to Buffalo to continue treatment, and returned as a spectator to Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium for the Bills’ Jan. 22 playoff loss to the Bengals. He also made an appearance at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona in February, where he received the NFLPA’s Alan Page Community Award and also took part in a pre-game ceremony honoring the training and medical staffers and first responders who treated him after his collapse.

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