Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been extubated, is breathing on his own again, and has spoken with Bills coaches and teammates as of Friday morning, according to multiple reports.
Per the physicians at UCMC, Damar’s breathing tube was removed overnight. He continues to progress remarkably in his recovery.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 6, 2023
His neurologic function remains intact and he has been able to talk to his family and care team.
This is amazing: For the first time, #Bills S Damar Hamlin is addressing the team via Facetime. The breathing tube is out, and he’s spent the morning speaking to various teammates on Facetime. Now, he’s delivering a message to the entire group, I’m told.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2023
Damar Hamlin FaceTimed into our team meeting today to talk to players and coaches.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 6, 2023
What he said to the team: “Love you boys.” ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8dorrWNaxt
McDermott said that he didn't tell the players they would be talking with Damar Hamlin, but that they immediately stood up when the call took place. https://t.co/wwolAlbnsq— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) January 6, 2023
A blessing: The breathing tube is out of Damar Hamlin as of this morning and he has begun talking to Buffalo Bills teammates again. Hamlin has had a breathing tube in body through his throat since Monday night, but no longer needs it and can breathe fully on his own. https://t.co/C021XSOJsu— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2023
Bro up talking I’m Soo happy man god is good— Kenny Robinson (@krob2__) January 6, 2023
This is the latest, and best, development in the 24-year-old Hamlin’s recovery since going into cardiac arrest in the first quarter of the Bills’ since-canceled game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Yesterday, Hamlin’s medical team at the UC Medical Center confirmed that Hamlin was awake and neurologically intact, and mentioned that the next step in his recovery would be to begin breathing on his own; that has now happened, less than 24 hours later.
On Thursday afternoon, head coach Sean McDermott, quarterback Josh Allen, center Mitch Morse, and cornerback Dane Jackson spoke with reporters at length about the huge lift in mood that Hamlin’s progress had brought them. It’s easy to imagine that, now having interacted with Hamlin in person for the first time since Monday night, that spirits are soaring even higher.