The Bills tweeted video of Hamlin at Highmark Stadium before warmups. Hamlin is not coming out to the field, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini and multiple reports.
Hamlin’s visit comes almost three weeks after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during the first quarter of the Bills’ Week 17 game against the Bengals. Bills coach Sean McDermott had said Wednesday that Hamlin had been at the facility “almost daily,” including Tuesday and Wednesday, but was not participating in team meetings and is taking it “one step, one baby step at a time.”
“We’re just going at Damar’s cadence, really,” McDermott said Friday. “It’s what he needs and how we can help him and how our training staff can help serve him and we can serve him, and as anyone would do, we’re just trying to be there for him and walk at his pace, so to speak, play on words. But we’re just there for him and want the best for him right now. So it’s been good having him around when he’s been around there.”
Hamlin, 24, is continuing his recovery from the Jan. 2 cardiac arrest. He stayed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for almost a week before flying to Buffalo to spend about two days at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. He was discharged Jan. 11.
The Bills-Bengals regular-season game was initially postponed due to Hamlin’s medical emergency before ultimately being canceled.