Bill's Hamlin makes remarkable recovery from cardiac arrest but still faces lengthy rehabilitation

Hamlin collapsed Jan. 2, during a Monday Night Football game, after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Updated: January 20, 2023 - 9:08am

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin survived an on-field cardiac arrest and was remarkably released from hospitals less than two weeks after the incident, but he still faces a lengthy rehabilitation, his marketing agent says.

"Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects,” agent Jordon Rooney told the Associated Press on Thursday night. "Though he is able to visit the team’s facility, Damar is not in position to travel often, and requires additional rest to help his body heal."

Hamlin collapsed Jan. 2, during a Monday Night Football game, after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals. He went into cardiac arrest on the field and had to be revived before being taken to a Cincinnati-area hospital. 

He was released from the hospital exactly a week later, then went to Buffalo General Medical Center, from which he was discharged Jan. 11.

The 24-year-old Hamlin is visiting the team’s training facility in Orchard Park, N.Y., but has yet to make a public appearance or publicly speak about the ordeal, the wire service also reports

However, he posted on his Instagram account a hospital-bed photo with Bill’s linebacker Matt Milano.