This Sunday (1), Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin returned to action in his first regular-season game since suffering a cardiac arrest on the field in early January.
Hamlin participated in the opening kickoff in the game against the Miami Dolphins. He was on the inactive list for the first three games of the season, but played in the three preseason games.
He was fully cleared to return to activities in April, and by August was participating in preseason games. He made three tackles in limited playing time, including a fourth-down tackle to force a turnover in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in January, after making a tackle and taking a shot to the head and chest area. He received CPR from medical professionals when lost his pulse, and needed to be revived through resuscitation and defibrillation.
Later it was determined that the cardiac arrest was caused by commotio cordis, which can occur when severe trauma to the chest disrupts the heart’s electrical charge and causes dangerous fibrillations, or abnormal heartbeats.
Doctors assured that the player can resume to action without any fear of recurrence. Hamlin became a symbol for raising awareness about heart disease, and even visited the President of the United States Joe Biden at the White House.