Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Nearly three weeks after nearly losing his life on the field at Paycor Stadium following a cardiac emergency, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is in attendance for Sunday's AFC Divisional Round showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals.
During the CBS pregame telecast of Sunday's playoff matchup, it showed the second-year safety entering the Buffalo locker room, shortly followed by his mom, dad and younger brother, Damir.
Shortly after the telecast showed Hamlin arriving at the stadium, the Bills officially revealed the 24-year-old was in attendance for the game to be with his teammates.
It is a remarkable sight to see the Bills safety being able to take in Sunday's playoff matchup, even if he is not dressed to play alongside his teammates.
Hamlin has been in the team facility almost daily, according to head coach Sean McDermott, but reportedly still has quite a ways to go in his recovery from going into cardiac arrest during the first quarter of Buffalo's Week 17 matchup with the Bengals.
That game resulted in being called a "no contest" with the Bengals leading the Bills, 7-3, with just under six minutes to go in the opening quarter.
With a win over the Bengals on Sunday in Orchard Park, it will punch their ticket to the AFC Championship Game for the second time in three years. It will ensure another playoff matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs for the right to play in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona.
If the Bills and Chiefs were to play next Sunday evening in the AFC Championship Game, it would take place in a neutral setting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hamlin's presence at a snowy Highmark Stadium on Sunday is one that highlights an already high profile cast of characters, including Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, former Bills and current Amazaon analyst quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, "Good Morning Football" host Kyle Brandt and former Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds as the "Legend of the Game".