buffalo bills Head coach Sean McDermott and quarterback Josh Allen spoke for more than 30 minutes Thursday night about the difficult days that followed Damar Hamlin’s collapse on the field during Monday night’s game and the latest update. that the second-year safety has finally woken up and is communicating. with doctors
The emotional press conference covered a variety of topics, including the amazingly quick response from the training staff and medical team, and the Cincinnati Bengals compassion in the midst of all the uncertainty of that night.
But one message that remained consistent throughout the press was the overwhelming amount of support and prayers Hamlin and his family received.
DAMAR HAMLIN ASKED ABOUT BILLS’ GAME OUTCOME AFTER WAKEN UP, DOCTORS SAY
«The amount of faith, hope and love that we’ve seen in the last three days has been amazing,» McDermott said after thanking everyone involved. «Finally, and as important as anything: glory to God for keeping Damar and her family in the palm of his hand during the last days and his healing powers.»
McDermott was emotional when asked about the donations that came in for hamlin’s charity which as of Thursday night had reached more than $7.4 million. That same toy drive had an initial goal of just $2,500.
«I’m not a big social media person, but Josh shared something with me through a text that he saw today, or earlier today, and I looked at it, and it was about what maybe Damar’s mom will share with him when he wakes up and…” McDermott said before pausing.
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«It’s amazing to know the impact this has had on so many people and now that Damar is awake and his mom can share that with him is amazing.»
Amid the heightened emotions this week, McDermott and Allen didn’t hesitate to say they were ready to play this week, adding that it’s something they know Hamlin and his family would want.
«That’s what Damar wants, that’s what his father wants. The guys are excited to get out there,» Allen said.
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Hospital officials gave an update on Hamlin’s condition during a news conference Thursday afternoon, noting that while he still can’t speak, he has been communicating in writing.
«There has been a substantial improvement in his condition in the last 24 hours. We had great concerns for him after the injury and after the event that occurred on the field, but he is making substantial progress,» said Dr. Timothy Pritts.
The Bills will take over New England Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.