Buffalo Bills security Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital on Wednesday after tests showed he was fit enough to rehabilitate at home, the team announced.
Hamlin left Buffalo General Medical Center after «undergoing a comprehensive medical evaluation, as well as a series of cardiac, neurological and vascular tests on Tuesday,» according to the Bills.
«We have completed a series of tests and evaluations and, in consultation with team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely released to continue his rehabilitation at home and with the Bills.» said Dr. Jamie Nadler in a statement published through the team.
Hamlin, 24, went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field Jan. 2, during the first quarter of a Buffalo game at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.
He had made what appeared to be a routine tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins when the second-year safety went limp and fell backward to the ground.
It’s still unclear how that simple play contributed to Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.
Doctors speculated last week that Hamlin may have experienced «commotio cordis,» a rare phenomenon in which blunt force to the chest can cause a healthy heart to stop beating during a narrow window in the cardiac cycle.
Ever since that terrifying incident, Hamlin has been the target of unwavering support of football fans who have shown their support in NFL stadiums.
That Bills-Bengals the game had to be canceled which could have cost Buffalo the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Bills finished 13-3, a half-game behind the Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) for the top seed in the conference and a first-round playoff bye.
On the other hand the Bills finished with the No. 2 seed and will play host of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in a wild card round match.