Buffalo Bills News: Damar Hamlin is cleared to resume football activities

Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane met with the media as the team kicked off voluntary workouts this week. While most of the questions were about the NFL Draft, which is next week, the biggest news was about Damar Hamlin.

According to Beane, Damar Hamlin has been cleared to “resume full activities” and he is participating in workouts this week. The Buffalo Bills general manager said Hamlin has seen three specialists, the latest being this past Friday, and they are in agreement in terms of what the injury was and signed off on him returning to football activities.

Damar Hamlin was a sixth round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft and this past season stepped in as the starter after Micah Hyde suffered a season-ending neck injury. However, Hamlin’s season was cut short after he suffered a cardiac arrest during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott ‘super excited’ for Damar Hamlin

After Brandon Beane’s press conference, Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with the media and said he was “super excited for Damar” but that they are still taking it one day at a time. While he is cleared, the Buffalo Bills appear they will be very cautious with their approach.

Sean McDermott also said that they will be providing mental health support for Damar Hamlin from a “mind, body, spirit” perspective.

While this is not a guarantee that Damar Hamlin will be back for the upcoming season or an indication of what his role might be, this is a great step in the right direction.