The last time the Buffalo Bills took on the Cincinnati Bengals, Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin suffered a terrifying injury that left him in need of life-saving CPR on the field. And after a recovery that was nothing short of miraculous, Hamlin is now out of the hospital. And even though he obviously will not be able to join the team on the field for Sunday afternoon’s game, that doesn’t mean he can’t provide some inspiration off the field.
According to a report from Tracy Wolfson of CBS Sports, Damar Hamlin is in attendance for Sunday afternoon’s playoff game against the Bengals and is in the team’s locker room – presumably giving them some last minute inspiration before the Division Round showdown.
I’m told Damar Hamlin is currently in the Bills
locker room #Bills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/F48cr5916R
— Tracy Wolfson (@tracywolfson) January 22, 2023
Hamlin is not expected to make a public appearance or go out on the field at any point during the game, but his mere presence at the game will undoubtedly provide a lift to both the fans and the team, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Bills about to come out with their hair on fire https://t.co/1TPud1ixOF
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) January 22, 2023
Today will be emotional. https://t.co/6IjGho1R5s
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2023
Get ready for this stadium to erupt. https://t.co/p0ZGoYJEug
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 22, 2023
Wow. What a day this will be for Buffalo Bills & Damar Hamlin. https://t.co/5b8IMts6qW
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 22, 2023
Wow!! Final home game of the season and look 👀 👀👀👀👀 Damar Hamlin is at the game! Go Bills! #BillsMafia #lovefordamar #gobills #CINvsBUF https://t.co/8d79frPqvN
— Chetan Rakieten (@chetanrakieten) January 22, 2023
It’s expected to be quite a game between the Bengals and Bills on Sunday, and Hamlin’s presence after the near-tragic events during last week’s game only adds to it.