Damar Hamlin tweets for first time but still in ‘critical condition’ | Buffalo Bills player says he is ‘thankful for everyone’

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Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field on Monday night; he spoke to his Bills teammates via FaceTime on Friday after having his breathing tube removed; Bill’s Saturday statement said he “remains in critical condition,” adding that “his neurological function is excellent.”

Damar Hamlin tweeted for the first time since his heart stopped on the field during a Buffalo Bills game against the Cincinnati Bengals, saying he was “thankful to everyone who reached out and prayed.”

Hamlin woke up in the hospital Wednesday night and spoke to his teammates on FaceTime on Friday after having his breathing tube removed overnight. Hamlin said on the phone, “Love you boys.”

In an earlier Bills statement on Saturday, they said Hamlin “remains in critical condition” but added that “he continues to breathe on his own and his neurological function is excellent.”

A tweet from Hamlin that came later that day was the first statement he made during the trials. “The return of love to the world returns 3 times more,” he said.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out and prayed. This will make me stronger on my road to recovery, keep praying for me!”

Before Saturday’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs, Hamlin received a standing ovation and players from both sides wore “Love For Damar” T-shirts to show their support.

The NFL has said it will show its support for Hamlin at games all this weekend, including painting the No. 3 jersey on the 30-yard line of every home stadium.

NFL networkCameron Wolfe said he spoke to the Hamlin family Friday morning about the latest developments in Hamlin’s status.

“This morning they are absolutely delighted, they are worried that he had his breathing tube removed, that he was talking to those whom they called their brothers,” Wolfe said. “They said, ‘Look, we can’t describe emotion in anything but high spirits.’

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