Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin practiced in full pads for the first time since his traumatic health crisis last season.
“My strength is rooted in my faith, and my faith is stronger than any fear,” he said in a press conference after practice. “That’s what I want to preach up here, and that’s the message I want to spread on to the world, that as long as your faith is stronger than your fear, you can get through anything. That’s what I’m living by right now.”
However, Hamlin was inactive for his team’s games against the New York Jets and the Las Vegas Raiders.
Ian Rapoport shared on X that Stacey Dales with NFL Media reported, “Per @StaceyDales, Damar Hamlin once again is inactive with that deep #Bills secondary.”
NBC Sports wrote, “Hamlin has not played in a regular season game since going into cardiac arrest during a Monday night matchup with the Bengals in Week 17 last season. He was cleared to return to play during the offseason and appeared in preseason games for the Bills, but he doesn’t currently have a role on defense or special teams in Buffalo.”
ESPN reported that the decision to keep Hamlin inactive “is not surprising. Hamlin made the team’s roster as a backup safety and special teams contributor, making the decision based on the number of players the team can have active for the game.”
After Hamlin made the roster again for his third season with the Bills, he said, “You can never take it for granted. Every year, so many people who don’t get the opportunity to make the team that you have to show respect for it when you do and you can never take it for granted because, the NFL, they say it stands for not for long. So, to be able to go through my situation and then be able to come back and still show that I can still do it is super big and it means a lot to me and my family.”
Hamlin hasn’t shared anything on his social media regarding his play time. Hamlin last communicated recently with fans in an August 29 Instagram post.
Hamlin shared photos of him after the preseason concluded. He wrote, “EARNED NOT GIVEN!!! Preseason complete. Year 3 for 3. Thank you for all the GENUINE love & support, it really keeps me going. #Billz”
In his first public comments since going into cardiac arrest, NFL player Damar Hamlin expressed his gratitude and shared his vision for the future.
“What happened to me on Monday Night Football I feel was a direct example of God using me as a vessel to share my passion and my love directly from my heart with the entire world,” Hamlin said, “now I’m able to give back to the kids and communities all across the world who need it most, and that’s always been my dream.”
Hamlin was speaking of his Chasing M’s foundation, through which he raised over $9 million for children’s toys last December. Damar started the Chasing M’s foundation in 2020 as a way to give back to his community while starting his entrance into the NFL. Although the foundation only raised a couple thousand dollars in its first two years, it has seen an explosion of donations following Hamlin’s injury.
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