ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ( Associated Press) – Damor Hamlin, the Bills safety who went into cardiac arrest during a game three weeks ago, was at Highmark Stadium for the AFC Divisional Round game between Buffalo and the New York Bengals. Cincinnati on Sunday.
The stadium roared as Hamlin’s image appeared on the big screen in the back of the end zone near the end of the first half. The audience pointed to the glass-enclosed box and cheered.
Hamlin, wearing a hood, stood in front of the windows and raised his arms as if cheering for the crowd as the Bengals faced a second-and-goal play at the Buffalo 5-yard line. He also made a heart gesture with his hands, his usual greeting.
Earlier, the Bills posted a video on both Instagram and Twitter that showed Hamlin in the team’s locker room with the message “Welcome home Dummer”.
The video shows Hamlin arriving in a golf cart an hour before kickoff, wearing sunglasses and a face covering, with a hat covering his head. He was accompanied by his 7-year-old brother Damir and his mother Nina.
He was not seen on the field before kickoff in snowy conditions. Bill did not announce his location to the fans in attendance.
Hamlin, 24, hasn’t been seen in public since the January 24 meeting of the Bills and Bengals, which was abruptly halted and eventually called off after Hamlin collapsed on the field during the first quarter.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said that Hamlin has regularly visited team facilities since his release from the hospital, which he described as “putting his feet here, getting himself back on the road”. described in.
His presence was enough to cheer his teammates, who, after Hamlin collapsed, surrounded him as medical staff performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to revive his heart.
For several minutes, viewers watching Monday night’s game on television wore a look of fear and sadness, some even in tears.
A person with knowledge of Hamlin’s condition said this week that he still has a long way to go in his recovery.