The Dallas Cowboys have their eyes on the NFC East crown in the final week of the regular season. This week, though, football was the last thing on everyone’s minds following the scare to Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who was administered CPR after he collapsed on the field Monday night against the Bengals.
The initial signs were extremely grim, but Hamlin has made incredible strides over the last 48 hours. On Thursday, the 24-year-old opened his eyes and was able to communicate via written message. Like the entire NFL community, Dak Prescott broke out in celebration once he was presented with this update.
On Friday, Hamlin’s next recovery milestone came in the form of addressing his teammates and coaches via FaceTime. His breathing tube has been removed, and he can now breathe fully on his own.
Just an incredible turn of events given Hamlin was in critical condition and fighting for his life just a couple days ago.
If nothing else, Hamlin’s scare should remind everyone about the fragility of life, and to call your loved ones and relay your feelings. That was the message Prescott initially preached when he was asked about the Bills safety.
More Cowboys News:
- Hamlin’s harrowing story unfortunately triggered insensitive takes from prominent sports media personalities. ESPN’s Bart Scott made waves when he blamed Bengals wideout Tee Higgins for what happened to Hamlin. Almost everyone understands it was a freak accident, and Micah Parsons made sure to let Scott know about it in a fiery tweet responding to the clip.
- As we transition back to football, Mike McCarthy hinted at a potential increased role for TY Hilton after another impressive showing in Week 17. Hilton’s snap count jumped from 12 against the Eagles to 22 against the Titans, and McCarthy told reporters this week “I could see him getting even more (snaps) this week).” That’s exactly what Cowboys fans want to hear.
- The Cowboys need to win Week 18 to have a shot at the division, and they’ll love hearing Washington’s injury report. The list of players ruled out for Sunday include Pro Bowl DT Jonathan Allen, RB Brian Robinson, CB Benjamin St-Juste, RB Antonio Gibson, OL Cornelius Lucas, OL Saahdiq Charles, and DE James Smith-Williams.
- The NFL will honor Hamlin league-wide in Week 18. Prior to the national anthem, team PA announcers will read a statement honoring both Hamlin and the first responders who saved his life.
- Furthermore, teams will have the choice to paint the 3 on each 30-yard line in Buffalo’s blue and red color scheme. Finally, players will have the option to wear “Love for Damar 3” t-shirts during pregame warmups.
- The league announced Thursday that the Week 17 game between the Bills and Bengals has been canceled. The NFL has outlined how this may affect the playoffs, including the possibility of playing the AFC Championship Game at a neutral site. Check out all the scenarios behind this link.
- Nick Sirianni claims Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is “trending in the right direction” for Sunday’s finale vs the Giants. Hurts playing would improve Philly’s chances of winning, and thereby hurt Dallas’ odds of winning the NFC East.