Buffalo Bills Return Kick-Off With 96-Yard Touchdown While Damar Hamlin Watches From Hospital Bed
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Recovering Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin watched Sunday’s game from a hospital bed while his team endeavored to leave everything on the field as they played the New England Patriots.

Hamlin shared a photo of himself, still hooked up to oxygen, an IV, and a number of monitors, ready to watch the game from his hospital room.

And the game started off with a bang — Nyheim Hines punctuated the opening kick-off by returning it for a 96-yard touchdown.

Hines ran straight through the end zone and turned, boosting himself into the stands where fans hugged him and cheered — and the entire stadium exploded with screams and applause.

“OMFG!!!!” was Hamlin’s first response, and then he added, “FREE HINES.”

Buffalo Bills players on the field after the touchdown made it clear that Hamlin was on their minds, flashing three fingers in the air as they celebrated getting the first points on the scoreboard.

The Patriots answered with a touchdown of their own, but the Bills put another one on the board early in the second quarter.

Tight end Dawson Knox approached the cameras after he completed the play, flashing the phrase “I love you” with his hands.

Hamlin definitely got the message, tweeting back, “I love you too @dawson_knox.”

Some of Hamlin’s teammates had arrived for pregame warm-ups wearing Hamlin’s number three on a jersey or a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “love for Damar,” making it clear that Sunday’s game was to be played in his honor.

Pregame celebrations included a moment of thanks and recognition for the team’s athletic training staff and medical personnel. Only one staff member was not present to be recognized — Tabani Richards — who is still in Cincinnati with Hamlin as he recovers.

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