The Bills released a statement on Thursday saying that Damar was making “remarkable improvement” and “he appears to be neurologically intact.” Per Yahoo Sports, his doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center also held a press conference on Thursday where they revealed that Hamlin has made “substantial improvement in his condition over the past 24 hours.” Though they stressed that he “still has significant progress he needs to make,” he’s responding to commands and is communicating with a pen and paper, as he’s still on a breathing tube. This positive update combined with speaking with Damar’s mother has helped Higgins deal with his feelings about the hit and its aftermath.


“Suddenly she’s telling me that he’s OK. And just all the positive stuff,” Higgins said. “I mean it feels good just knowing that he’s OK, he’s doing better, and it makes me feel better inside...Everyone has been making me feel whole again. I talked to his mom and everything is OK, he’s doing good, so I’m in a good place right now.”

On Thursday, during a Bills press conference with head coach Sean McDermott, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen also sent positive thoughts to Higgins, letting him know that no one blames him for what happened.

“I do want to say one more thing: I haven’t reached out to Tee. I hope that he got some relief today. I saw some stuff on Twitter. And people should not be attacking him whatsoever,” Allen said, per ESPN. “And I’m glad that Damar’s family came out and said that. And hopefully, he found some relief today. Because that’s a football play. And I hope that he doesn’t hold that upon himself because there’s nothing else that he could have done in that situation.’’

The most important thing in all this is that Damar Hamlin seems to be on the right path to recovery. However, it’s also essential that we lift up and take care of Tee Higgins at this moment because his trauma isn’t visible. He needs to know that we support him and have his back just as much, because none of this is his fault any more than it’s Damar’s.