May 28, 2024

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Wearing a helmet, Damar Hamlin participates in full Buffalo Bills practice

Wearing a helmet and seemingly in good spirits, Damar Hamlin participated in full practice with the Buffalo Bills for the first time since his cardiac arrest in January.

Hamlin was seen waving to the cameras, making the heart symbol gesture with which he has become synonymous during his recovery process and displaying the number three – his number with the Bills – with his fingers as he and his teammates went through warm ups.

It was a momentous occasion for Hamlin as he took part in full on-field drills for the first time, something Bills general manager Brandon Beane highlighted when speaking to the media on Tuesday.

“Really proud of him to take that next step,” Beane told reporters. “He’s still got more milestones to hit, but to think back, we’re just at the beginning of June and that was the beginning of January, and we were just hoping he’d live, and now he’s not only got a normal life, but we’re talking about playing, not any football, NFL football.

“So, thrilled for him, all the people that have been around him, and it’s an amazing story.”

Beane outlined the path back to football for Hamlin, explaining that live contact is one of the next goals and something they hope to achieve during training camp.