Damar Hamlin’s father addresses Bills players via Zoom call to say his son is making progress

REVEALED: Damar Hamlin’s father addressed Bills players via Zoom call to tell them his son is making progress in hospital after his on-field cardiac arrest: ‘The team needed him,’ said one fountain

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The Buffalo Bills received good news about the hospitalized safety of Damar Hamlin on Wednesday.

Returning to the team’s practice facility in Orchard Park for the first time since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest Monday night in Cincinnati, the Bills players participated in a Zoom call with Hamlin’s father, Mario, who he said his son was making progress.

“The team needed him,” a source said. ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott kneels as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) is treated on the field following a first quarter collision against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott kneels as Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) is treated on the field following a first quarter collision against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.

Damar Hamlin's family thanked the 'dedicated first responders' who resuscitated the Buffalo Bills player after he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field.  Hamlin recently posted a tribute to his father, Mario (rear left), on Instagram.

Damar Hamlin's family thanked the 'dedicated first responders' who resuscitated the Buffalo Bills player after he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field.  Hamlin recently posted a tribute to his father, Mario (rear left), on Instagram.

Damar Hamlin’s family thanked the ‘dedicated first responders’ who resuscitated the Buffalo Bills player after he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the field. Hamlin recently posted a tribute to his father, Mario (rear left), on Instagram.

Another source told NFL Network’s Mike Giardi the call was “emotional” but provided some “calm” for the players in the midst of a difficult week.

“This is not easy,” the source told Giardi, adding that “they are doing this together.”

Hamlin remains sedated in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after collapsing at Paycor Stadium during Monday’s Bills-Bengals game.

His marketing representative, Jordon Rooney, told The Associated Press that his client is moving in a “positive direction.”

“We all remain optimistic,” Rooney said.

Hamlin’s family has been overwhelmed with acts of kindness since his cardiac arrest, including more than $6 million in donations to the defensive back’s toy drive.

“They’re elated right now,” Rooney said of the Hamlin family. ‘Damar is still his first concern. But for them, they are always looking at how they can turn a somewhat worrisome situation into a good one. The recovery from this, for him and his family, will be amazing.”

Damar Hamlin's family issued a statement thanking the 'dedicated' first responders who rushed to help him after he collapsed.

Damar Hamlin's family issued a statement thanking the 'dedicated' first responders who rushed to help him after he collapsed.

Damar Hamlin’s family issued a statement thanking the ‘dedicated’ first responders who rushed to help him after he collapsed.

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