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NFL Bills’ Hamlin is improving but is still critical, doctors say at Reuters

©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: January 2, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (49) and cornerbacks Cam Lewis (39) and cornerbacks Siran Neal (33) react to the life-threatening injury sustained by safety Damar Hamlin (not pictured) during the fi

(Reuters) – Damar Hamlin has shown a “remarkable improvement” over the past 24 hours but remains critically ill, the Buffalo Bills said on Thursday after security called into on-field cardiac arrest during an NFL game Monday night in Cincinnati had suffered.

“According to the doctors attending to Damar Hamlin at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Damar has improved remarkably over the past 24 hours,” the Bills said on their official Twitter account. “While he is still critically ill, he has shown that he appears to be neurologically intact.

“His lungs continue to heal and he’s making steady progress,” the team said.

During the first quarter of the Bills’ penultimate regular-season game against the Bengals, Hamlin got up after a tackle and then collapsed.

After his heartbeat was restored in the field, Hamlin was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remained in the intensive care unit.

The game, which Cincinnati led 7-3, was later postponed.

The positive update will be welcome news for the Bills preparing for their final regular-season competition on Sunday, as well as for sports fans across the United States and around the world who have rallied behind the 24-year-old safety.

The Bills said they were training on Thursday and planned to have select players and head coach Sean McDermott available for talks with members of the media at 4:30 p.m. ET (2130 GMT).

Fans, athletes, celebrities and politicians, including US President Joe Biden, have all offered their prayers and support to Hamlin.

“Great news,” Biden tweeted in response to Hamlin’s medical update Thursday. “Damar, as I told your mom and dad yesterday, Jill and I — along with all of America — are praying for you and your family.”

The famous Niagara Falls – both America’s and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls – were lit up in Bills blue on Tuesday in support of Hamlin, the team and the nearby city of Buffalo.

The NFL has not yet made a decision on whether to end the Bills and Bengals game.

The postponed game would have playoff implications for both the Bills and Bengals, who face the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the American Football Conference, which comes with a first-round playoff bye.

The Bills are expected to host the New England Patriots at 1:00 p.m. ET (1700 GMT) on Sunday.