The latest updates on NFL star Damar Hamlin’s condition

The latest updates on NFL star Damar Hamlin’s condition

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, 24, is still critically ill but has “shown remarkable improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team said in an update Thursday.

Hamlin’s medical team says he is on a ventilator, but he is able to write messages and hold hands with visiting family members.

Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field Monday night during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The NFL on Thursday announced that Monday’s game, which had been postponed after the incident, has been canceled.

Our live coverage for the day has ended. Follow the latest US sports news here or read through the updates below.

NFL developing plans to recognize Damar Hamlin prior to each NFL game this weekend
From CNN’s Oliver Darcy:

The NFL is working on plans to recognize Damar Hamlin ahead of every NFL game scheduled for this upcoming weekend, two people familiar with the matter told CNN.

Those plans have not yet been finalized to honor the Buffalo Bill’s safety after he suffered a cardiac arrest during the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL officially cancels the week 17 game between Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals
From CNN’s Homero De La Fuente:

The National Football League announced Thursday that the previously suspended Week 17 game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals has been canceled.

The game on Monday night was suspended in the first quarter after Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest after a collision.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all clubs of his decision, after contacting the Bills, Bengals, and NFL Players Association leadership, according to the news release.

“This has been a very difficult week,” Goodell said in a statement. “We continue to focus on the recovery of Damar Hamlin and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition as well as the tremendous outpouring of support and care for Damar and his family from across the country.

We are also incredibly appreciative of the amazing work of the medical personnel and commend each and every one of them.”

Hamlin has the most purchased jersey among all athletes across all sports on Fanatics since Monday night
From CNN’s Joe Sutton

Damar Hamlin jerseys are the most sought-after at the sports apparel store, Fanatics, since the Buffalo Bills safety’s horrific on-field incident Monday in Cincinnati.

“Damar still has the most-purchased jersey among all athletes across all sports on Fanatics since Monday night,” a spokesperson for Fanatics tells CNN.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 18: Tee Higgins #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass during the third quarter in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 18, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

The company will donate all proceeds from jersey sales to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, according to Fanatics co-chair Michael Rubin. In a tweet on Tuesday, he said “fans are showing an incredible outpouring of love and support for Damar Hamlin in buying his jersey.”

Fanatics sells licensed sports merchandise for the world’s biggest sports brands, according to the website.

“Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs,” the company website says.

Bills head coach calls assistant athletic trainer a “real hero” for his response to Hamlin’s collapse
From CNN’s Jacob Lev:

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott praised the team’s assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington for his response during Monday night’s game.

Kellington sprung into action when Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.

McDermott called Kellington a “real leader” and “real hero.”

“As they say, practice pays off and it did in this case,” McDermott said. “But again, the context for an assistant to find himself in that position and need to take the action that he did and step up and take charge as he did. There were others on the field as well is nothing short of amazing and courage that took — you talk about a real leader, a real hero in saving Damar’s life, and just admire his strength.”

Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins brought attention to Dellington’s name in a tweet earlier Thursday.

“Denny Kellington let’s praise this name and person for reviving Our Brother Damar on the field. Denny gave CPR and chest compressions to get his Heart Back Beating

#DennyKellington And also thank you to all the doctors and Medical professionals that have helped and assisted,” Dawkins said.

Kellington has worked for the Bill’s athletic training staff since 2017. Prior to joining the Bills, he was a member of the Syracuse sports medicine staff beginning in 2005.

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