‘We’re pulling for Damar’: Bengals coach Zac Taylor addresses media for first time since injury to Bills safety

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor, in a press conference Wednesday, expressed his concern for Damar Hamlin, his loved ones and the entire Buffalo Bills organization as they await the “great day” when the Bills safety can see all the support he received following his frightening medical issue that occurred on the field Monday night.

Hamlin had to be resuscitated after a cardiac arrest during the first quarter of the Bills’ game at Cincinnati on Monday at Paycor Stadium. He remains in critical condition at UC Medical Center, where he was taken after almost 20 minutes of medical attention on the field. Hamlin remains in ICU, but has shown “signs of improvement” according to a tweet from the Bills.

Taylor, who visited Hamlin’s family and friends in the hospital, said he could not provide any updates on Hamlin’s status, but “everyone hopes for the best.”

“Certainly we’re pulling for Damar,” Taylor said. “Hoping for the most positive outlook and looking forward to him seeing all the support he’s getting from his team, his community, people around the league, his family. That will be a great day when he’s able to see that.”

The Bengals are now trying to turn their attention to Sunday’s game at Baltimore, but with Hamlin still in mind. Taylor said team chaplain Vinny Rey, a former linebacker for Cincinnati, has been instrumental in helping make sure players are OK mentally after witnessing such a traumatic event, as the coaches, players and staff navigate an “unprecedented situation.”

The league still has not announced a time for Sunday’s regular-season finale, slotted for either 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m., but Taylor said getting ready to play again is part of the job the players and coaches signed up for.

Asked how he would handle any players expressing concern about playing Sunday, Taylor said that would be something to address if it came to that. He was expecting all of his players to be in the building Wednesday as the team resumes meetings and conducts a walk-through later in the afternoon.

This story will be updated with more information.

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