Damar Hamlin is gearing up for a remarkable comeback story in 2023. After enduring a cardiac arrest on January 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he’s set to make his season debut this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
This 25-year-old safety faced a tough journey back to the field. With starting safety Jordan Poyer sidelined due to a knee injury, Hamlin has a chance to shine on the team’s game day roster. Although Sunday marks his official return, he already played in all three of the Bills’ preseason games.
In the preseason, Hamlin showcased his skills with 73 defensive snaps and 19 special teams plays. His cardiac arrest happened during a collision with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins in Week 17 last season, leading to a critical situation where CPR was administered on the field. He spent time in the hospital, first in Cincinnati and then in Buffalo, before being discharged on January 11.
Hamlin’s determination fueled his comeback. He was cleared for football activities in April, participated in team drills in June, and fully engaged in August’s training camp, leading up to his preseason comeback. Now, if all goes as planned, Hamlin will make his triumphant return to regular-season action this Sunday.