The decision begins the 25-year-old's plan for the unprecedented outpouring of support that he received after his heart stopped following a tackle during a "Monday Night Football" game in January.
The general manager of the Buffalo Bills said Tuesday that Hamlin is back to working out with the team. It's the next step in his remarkable recovery after collapsing on the field in January.
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on football coach Sean Payton's new contract with the Denver Broncos as well as NFL player safety ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl game.
The NFL has directed the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills to begin selling tickets for a possible AFC championship game in Atlanta on Jan. 29. The game would be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium if both teams win at home in the divisional round this weekend.
The players suffered different injuries, though in similar settings. The former Steeler reflects on the memories Hamlin's collapse brought back and what he learned from his own long road to recovery.
Before being flown to Buffalo, N.Y., Hamlin had been treated for nearly a week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest on the field during Monday Night Football.
Doctors say they are still unsure what caused Hamlin's collapse during the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals a week ago.
The proceeds from the T-shirts will benefit first responders and the University of Cincinnati's Trauma Center where Hamlin had been receiving treatment.
The NFL kicked off its first game-packed Sunday after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field Monday night.
Hamlin also asked fans to continue to pray for him on his road to recovery. As of Saturday, the Buffalo Bills player remains in critical condition but appears to be making progress.
For the more than 350,000 Americans each year who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, the prognosis is not always an optimistic one. But quick action with CPR and a defibrillator can be key.
While the 24-year-old Bills safety remains critically ill, physicians in Cincinnati say he appears to be "neurologically intact."
The Buffalo Bills safety remains in critical condition after a seemingly routine tackle caused his heart to stop beating. The 24-year-old is expected to remain in intensive care, the team said.
GPB's Jon Nelson, veteran sportscaster and journalist who covers high school football for GPB Sports, spoke with GPB’s Peter Biello about Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed Monday night during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It involves the impact of a specific force to the chest at a specific moment in the cardiac cycle. One cardiologist told NPR that what happened to Hamlin was likely "a perfect storm of events."