Damar Hamlin was seen at Highmark Stadium before the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals and just weeks after collapsing on the field.
Hamlin was seen in the car leading to the team’s locker room.
Buffalo and Cincinnati meet on Sunday, with the winner earning a spot in the AFC Championship to play the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Bills win, they will play the Chiefs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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The defensive back went into cardiac arrest at Paycor Stadium on January 2. His heart rate needed to be restored in the field and he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Hamlin returned to the team facility last week to greet teammates who have been concerned about his health and condition since he collapsed. There were rumors that he was going to appear at the stadium before the Bills game against the Miami Dolphins, but he chose to stay home.
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Hamlin was transferred to a Buffalo hospital on January 11, just over a week since he was rushed to the hospital.
Hamlin’s marketing representative, Jordan Rooney, stressed to The Associated Press Thursday night that he still faces obstacles since being released from Buffalo General Medical Center.
«Damar still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to make sure there are no setbacks or sequelae,» Rooney said. «Although he is able to visit team facilities, Damar is not in a condition to travel frequently and requires additional rest to help his body heal.»
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Thursday’s update gave insight into comments made by Bills coach Sean McDermott, who said Wednesday that Hamlin was beginning to make regular visits to team facilities. Emphasizing that he was taking one «baby step at a time,» McDermott added that Hamlin is «dipping his toe in here and getting on the road to getting back to himself.»
Fox News’ Elizabeth Pritchett contributed to this report.