Damar Hamlin's Family Spokesman Delivers Disappointing News

Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on January 2, per CNN. If you recall, the Buffalo Bills player collapsed on the field after tackling Cincinnati Bengals player Tee Higgins. Thankfully, the team's medical personnel immediately jumped into acting performing CPR on Hamlin for nine minutes to restore his heartbeat — actions which Hamlin's doctors have credited with saving his life, per Fox News. Hamlin was then transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he spent nine days, before being transferred to the Buffalo General Medical Center, per the Bills' Twitter

Prior to his initial release, Hamlin's doctors shared optimistic updates about his progress. After just a few days he was finally breathing on his own after previously being intubated. He was also functioning neurologically. "It's not only that the lights are on," shared Dr. Pitts (via Self). "We know that he's home. It appears all the cylinders are firing within his brain." By January 14, Hamlin had been discharged from the Buffalo Medical center and was even able to surprise his teammates at their training facility, per ESPN

Naturally, Hamlin's phenomenal progress has fans wondering whether or not he'll be able to return to the field any time soon. Unfortunately, Hamlin's family just shared that his recovery may be a bit more complicated than originally thought.

Damar Hamlin's recovery may take longer than expected

Damar Hamlin may be on the mend, but his recovery is far from over, per the Associated Press. "Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects," shared Hamlin's marketing rep. "Though he is able to visit the team's facility, Damar is not in a position to travel often, and requires additional rest to help his body heal." In spite of his challenges, Hamlin "remains very upbeat and grateful for the support he's received from his teammates and coaches, Bills Mafia and people from around the world."

In the meantime, Hamlin has the January 22 rematch between the Bills and the Bengals to keep him occupied, per CNN. Even though the rivalry between the two teams remains, Hamlin's tragedy has undoubtedly bonded them on a deeper level, per the NY Post. And while you won't see Hamlin on the field today, he'll likely live-tweet the game on his Twitter — just as he recently did for other games, per AP.