BREAKING:The Bills HC explains why Damar Hamlin Expected to Be Inactive vs. Bengals…
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is expected to be inactive for Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium, per reports in the early hours of Sunday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Bills will still have to officially rule out Hamlin when the inactives list is released approximately 90 minutes before kickoff.
Hamlin, 25, has not played in a game this season and has been listed as inactive for all eight of Buffalo’s games. He suffered cardiac arrest in the field of play in Week 17 of last season against the Bengals at Paycor Stadium and was given life-saving CPR before being transported to the hospital.
The game, which held pivotal AFC postseason implications, was postponed and ultimately cancelled. Across Buffalo’s three preseason games this year, Hamlin posted 10 total tackles. He sat out of Wednesday’s practice due to illness but returned as a full participant on Thursday and Friday. The Bills will likely look to take a moment and address the emotions of their return to Cincinnati before getting locked in for an important game at this point in the season.
Here’s Schefter’s full report: “On an emotional return trip to Cincinnati that will conjure many memories for the Bills, Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin is not expected to be active Sunday night vs. the Bengals, per league sources,” Schefter tweeted. “This is not unusual nor unexpected, as Hamlin has played only one game so far this season, vs. Miami, when Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer was injured.
With Hamlin, it’s currently a numbers game; he currently backs up Buffalo’s top four safeties – Poyer, Micah Hyde, Taylor Rapp and Cam Lewis.”
The Bills and Bengals kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.