Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin made his return to the football field on Saturday, seven months after suffering a cardiac arrest during a January game.
Hamlin made his debut in the Bills’ preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, making a fourth-down tackle in the first quarter.
The 25-year-old Hamlin suffered a cardiac after in a January game against the Cincinnati Bengals and had to be resuscitated on the field. He was diagnosed with Commotio cordis, which occurs when there is blunt trauma to the heart, usually caused by a blow.
He was cleared by doctors to continue his football career in April and started his comeback by participating in drills the next month, and joining his team in training camp as Hamlin prepares for his third NFL season.
Hamlin enters the preseason second on the depth chart at safety, behind returning starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.