Buffalo Bills safetytook the field in a regular-season NFL game for the first time since he suffered a cardiac arrest mid-game last season.
After being a healthy scratch during the first three weeks of the 2023 season, Hamlin was used on the Bills' special teams unit for kick returns Sunday. Hamlin didn't record any official stats during the game, but the Bills came away with a convincing 48-20 win over the Miami Dolphins.
"I think it was more so about promising to myself than anything else, just showing myself that I have the courage, I have the strength, that I have the pride, everything, all those words, in me to be able to go through something traumatic and to be able to come back from it," Hamins said after the game, according to The Associated Press."To be able to still do what I love at the highest level in the world is amazing."
Prior to the game, the Bills posted a video of him in uniform running onto the field alongside his teammates on social media.
Sunday's game was Hamlin's first since he took athat caused his heart to stop during a Monday Night Football game on Jan. 2, 2023, against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Earlier this summer, Hamlin played during a Bills preseason opener at home hosting the Indianapolis Colts, according to CBS Sports. He recorded three solo tackles in the game and helped the Bills earn a 23-19 victory.
It's been a long road back to competitive play for, who made headlines when he collapsed after the play. Officials later said that Hamlin and had his heartbeat restored on the field before being taken away in an ambulance. He was in , and his uncle said that Hamlin had to . Soon, though, the player began to show " ," according to his team and , and he was able to .
Hamlin wasfrom the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to Buffalo General Hospital in New York about a week after the cardiac arrest. He was sent home from Buffalo General Hospital on Jan. 11, after being first hospitalized.
Hamlin continued to support the team during the remainder of the season. On Jan. 14, days after being released from the hospital, he, and the next day he posted on social media about cheering the team on from home as they beat the Miami Dolphins in a . On Jan. 22, he as the Bills played the Bengals again.
The team in April said that Hamlin wasthree months after his collapse. In late July, the team said Hamlin ahead of the preseason.
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