Uncle says Damar Hamlin nonetheless ‘preventing,’ household grateful for assist

The household of Damar Hamlin on Tuesday thanked the general public for its assist and requested for continued prayers for the Buffalo Payments security, who stays hospitalized in essential situation after going into cardiac arrest on the sector in Cincinnati on Monday night time.

“On behalf of our household, we need to categorical our honest gratitude for the love and assist proven to Damar throughout this difficult time. We’re deeply moved by the prayers, sort phrases, and donations from followers across the nation,” the household stated in a press release launched Tuesday morning.

“We additionally need to acknowledge the devoted first responders and healthcare professionals on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart who’ve supplied distinctive care to Damar. We really feel so blessed to be a part of the Buffalo Payments group and to have their assist. We additionally need to thank Coach Taylor and the Bengals for every little thing they’ve finished. Your generosity and compassion imply the world to us. Please hold Damar in your prayers. We’ll launch updates as quickly as we’ve them.”

Dorrian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, informed ESPN’s Coley Harvey outdoors the hospital Tuesday night that Hamlin is sedated and “enhancing from the place he was yesterday,” including, “We’re simply going to proceed to wish, and I do know he’s in nice fingers with the medical workforce he has right here. They’ve been doing an amazing job.”

Hamlin’s agent, Ron Butler, informed ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Hamlin’s oxygen ranges have improved.

Glenn stated Hamlin needed to be resuscitated twice — as soon as on the sector at Paycor Stadium, and as soon as after he arrived on the hospital. There may be additionally concern surrounding potential lung injury, he stated.

“I do know he is nonetheless right here, I do know he is preventing,” Glenn informed ESPN. “We admire all of the prayers and assist we’ve been getting from individuals throughout — not simply the nation, however the world. … It actually means a distinction for my household to see that, and I do know it will imply a distinction to Damar when he sees that.”

Glenn stated he was watching the sport with relations in Pittsburgh and described the feelings among the many relations that ensued Monday night time.

“First we thought it was only a regular hit, and we thought that he popped again up … perhaps take a pair performs off and get again,” Glenn stated. “However the way in which my nephew [Hamlin’s 7-year-old younger brother, Damir] — I’ve by no means heard him scream and cry like that. After which, when it was 10 minutes gone previous, after which 20 minutes gone previous, I knew one thing was critical.”

Glenn continued, “As soon as they canceled the sport, we loaded up two carloads and we drove from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, to simply be right here to assist my nephew.”

They arrived in Cincinnati early Tuesday; the cities are about 300 miles aside.

Requested what he witnessed when he had the prospect to see Hamlin within the hospital, Glenn stated, “I’m not even going to lie, I circled. I couldn’t do it. I don’t need to see him like that, and I need to wait till he is ready to get well and I can truly speak to him and you already know, see my nephew once more.”

A number of groups canceled media availability Tuesday out of respect for Hamlin, together with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The Jacksonville Jaguars canceled the remainder of their availability after guard Brandon Scherff spoke.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly availability Tuesday and stated, “It is a actually private factor for me. Being a Pittsburgher and that younger man being a Pittsburgher.

“I’ve identified that man in all probability since he was about 12,” Tomlin stated. “Simply obtained quite a lot of respect and love for him as a human being. His dedication to the pursuit of his objectives and goals of doing what it’s he is doing proper now, which is enjoying within the NFL, and to observe him make private choices and make {that a} realization, it is simply an honor to get to know younger individuals like that. I had a chance to specific that to him every time I see him.”

He added that he had reached out to Payments coach Sean McDermott “to lend no matter help I might.”

Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown stated in a press release Tuesday morning that the workforce’s “hearts are with everybody on this unprecedented time — what we will do is assist each other.”

“Final night time was alleged to be an ideal night time for the NFL and an ideal showcase for our hometown. As a substitute, the human facet of our sport turned paramount … and in that second, humanity and love rose to the forefront,” Brown stated within the assertion. “As medical personnel undertook extraordinary measures, each groups demonstrated respect and compassion whereas followers within the stadium and folks across the nation bolstered the assist for Damar and love for one another.

“The Bengals are grateful for the love and compassion proven by all. Praying for Damar.”

Hamlin, 24, first had his heartbeat restored on the sector after struggling cardiac arrest following a success within the Payments’ sport in opposition to the Bengals, which was later postponed. CPR was administered to Hamlin on the sector for a number of minutes after he collapsed following his sort out of Bengals extensive receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin acquired oxygen, in keeping with the ESPN broadcast, as he was positioned within the ambulance and brought off the sector some 16 minutes after he collapsed. He then was pushed to the close by College of Cincinnati Medical Heart.

Hamlin was chosen within the sixth spherical of the 2021 NFL draft out of Pittsburgh, with the Payments taking him with the No. 212 general decide.

“Damar Hamlin is way over only a soccer participant,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi stated in a press release Tuesday. “He is a loving son, brother and buddy. Damar is a hero to hundreds of Pittsburgh youngsters. Damar, we love you. We’re praying for you. Pittsburgh’s at all times had your again. And now it is apparent your entire nation has your again, too.”

Gamers and followers from throughout the NFL rallied to Hamlin’s assist, with vigils held in Cincinnati and outdoors the Payments’ house stadium. In Buffalo, the Payments modified their social media avatar to that of Hamlin’s No. 3 jersey with the phrases “Pray For Damar.” The league’s 31 different groups rapidly adopted go well with.

The Payments returned house early Tuesday, after they have been greeted by a handful of followers watching silently from the facet of the street outdoors Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport.

“We’re susceptible people,” Payments left sort out Dion Dawkins stated on “SportsCenter.” “Our brother is preventing, and we’ve taken off all of that armor and we’re simply being human. … We’re uniting with simply optimistic vibes and simply optimistic spirits and optimistic prayer. … We’re all human and we attempt to be our greatest all we probably can. And on the finish of the day, we’re people, and we’ve households, and we care and we cry and we’re susceptible and we’ve emotion and we really feel the identical ache that the common particular person feels.”

The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, in the meantime, introduced Tuesday that it has postponed the announcement of the 15 modern-era participant finalists for the category of 2023 for at the least 24 hours out of respect for Hamlin. The announcement has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Corridor of Fame and NFL Community, which is able to televise the announcement, will meet Wednesday to find out whether or not to proceed or proceed to delay the information.

ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg and Brooke Pryor and The Related Press contributed to this report.