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Damar Hamlin fully cleared to return to football

The former Pitt standout is back working with the team

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pittsburgh Panthers and current Buffalo Bills safety Demar Hamlin has been cleared to return to football activities by multiple specialists according to Bill’s general manager Brandon Beane.

After collapsing on the field in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals back in January, Hamlin has had a goal of working his way back onto the field. Back in February in a meeting with President Biden, Hamlin was asked if he would play again. Hamlin told Biden, “I think so. … God willing.”

This is another step in that direction.

“He is fully cleared. He’s here ... and he’s in a great headspace to make his return,” Beane said.

Hamlin has made remarkable progress since suffering cardiac arrest and there has been an outpouring of support during his recovery. Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation raised over $9 million in the days after he went to the hospital which is a toy drive for kids. He has also received the Alan Page Community Award from the NFLPA for his work helping others.

The Bills begin off-season organized team activities on May 22, when Hamlin could be in uniform for the first time since his cardiac arrest. The team will hold their minicamp from June 13 through 15. The NFL’s 2023 preseason games begin on August 3 with the season openers scheduled for September 7. In the meantime, Hamlin is working out at the Bills’ facility in Orchard Park, New York.

It has been an incredible journey for the former Pitt Panther and those that worked to help save his life. Hamlin is now one step closer to reaching his goal of being back in the huddle with his teammates.