Hamlin to not attend Buffalo’s wild-card playoff game against Miami amid recovery

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-15 12:38:04-05

UPDATE, 11:36 a.m. | Hamlin announced on Twitter that he would not attend Buffalo's game Sunday, and will support the Bills from home.

"Supporting from home as I focus on my recovery," Hamlin said. "Nothing I want more than to be out there with them!"

ORIGINAL STORY, 11 a.m. | It is unclear whether Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who is still recovering after going into cardiac arrest on the field in Cincinnati two weeks ago, plans to attend Buffalo’s wild-card playoff home game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

A person with direct knowledge of the player’s schedule had told The Associated Press on Sunday that Hamlin planned to attend. He later said those "plans may have changed.”

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Hamlin has kept his schedule and recovery private since being released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday.

Hamlin visited teammates at the Bills' stadium on Saturday but has not been seen in public since being rushed off the field in Cincinnati in an ambulance on Jan. 2. He spent more than a week in the hospital, much of the time in critical condition.

Charged up fans are eager to blunt the memory of Hamlin’s collapse, when the 24-year-old from the Pittsburgh exurb of McKees Rocks stood up after making a tackle against the Bengals, then fell backwards, landing motionless on the turf at Paycor Stadium.

The Bills have not released any details about Hamlin's plans for the game.