Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin still faces a “protracted recovery,” a spokesman said – CNN

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin still faces a “protracted recovery,” a spokesman said – CNN

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More than two weeks after Buffalo Bill safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during a football game, a Hamlin representative says the defender has a long road ahead of him.

In a statement from ESPN, Hamlin’s longtime friend and business partner, Jordon Rooney said: “Despite being discharged from hospital, Damar is still having a long recovery.

“Damar still needs oxygen and has his heart monitored regularly. He’s visited the team a couple of times, but he still gets winded very quickly. He is optimistic and positive and ready to continue to overcome this.”

The statement comes just a day after Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott told reporters that Hamlin was at the team’s facility almost daily, CNN previously reported.

“It’s limited, just overall, but he comes in and — it really only started today or yesterday — he’s just trying to get back into a little routine, reacclimatize, take one little step at a time,” McDermott said on Wednesday while discussing Hamlin.

“His looks like walking around here is one positive thing and three to see [Hamlin wears the No. 3 on his jersey] just smile and just wave and just squeeze his heart and keep squeezing. It’s a positive energy bubble that’s just floating around the facility,” said offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.

The Bills will play the Cincinnati Bengals — the team Buffalo was playing when Hamlin collapsed on the field — in the AFC divisional round at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.