Damar Hamlin set to take subsequent step in comeback bid in Payments’ preseason sport towards Colts


The 25-year-old skilled cardiac arrest on the sector in January.

File – Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin warms up throughout observe on the NFL soccer crew’s coaching camp in Pittsford, N.Y., July 30, 2023. Hamlin is getting ready for the following step to renew his profession by suiting up in Buffalo’s preseason-opening sport towards the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023. (AP Photograph/Adrian Kraus, File) AP

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Damar Hamlin has reached one other main milestone in his return to soccer.

The Payments security was scheduled to swimsuit up and play in Buffalo’s preseason opener towards the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The sport will mark the primary time Hamlin has appeared in a aggressive setting since going into cardiac arrest and needing to be resuscitated on the sector throughout a sport at Cincinnati on Jan. 2.

What appeared unfathomable in these scary first moments, and the nine-day keep in two hospitals that adopted, has change into a actuality for the 25-year-old Hamlin, who put his fears apart in April by asserting his intention to renew his enjoying profession after being medically cleared to return.

In that point, the Payments have eased Hamlin again on the sector, beginning with him collaborating in particular person drills in Might, adopted by crew drills per week later. Two weeks in the past, the third-year security took one other main step by experiencing his first thud of successful within the Payments’ first full-padded observe of coaching camp.

“I made the selection to play. However I’m processing a thousand feelings. I’m not afraid to say that it crosses my thoughts of being a little bit scared right here and there,” Hamlin mentioned on the time. “My religion is stronger than any worry. That’s what I wish to preach up right here. And that’s the message I wish to unfold on to the world that so long as your religion is stronger than your worry, you will get by something.”

Hamlin mentioned it was too early to sit up for the preseason as a result of he wished to remain within the second.

He’ll get his probability on Saturday, with coach Sean McDermott telling the AP that Hamlin is scheduled to play.

And Hamlin may have rooting help on the other sideline.

Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who signed with the Colts this offseason after spending the earlier four-plus years in Buffalo, has already organized to alternate jerseys with Hamlin following the sport.

After two extra preseason video games, Hamlin’s subsequent hurdle will come on Aug. 29, when the Payments make their last cuts to determine their regular-season roster.

Hamlin has displayed no indicators of a setback or hesitation throughout coaching camp in searching for to re-secure one of many backup spots behind returning starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.