Emotional Brian Daboll's thoughts are with Damar Hamlin: 'He's a tremendous young man'

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An emotional Brian Daboll, who was the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator during safety Damar Hamlin's rookie season, spoke on Wednesday about Hamlin and how the Giants and the rest of the NFL are processing what happened on Monday.

Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest during Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling wide receiver Tee Higgins and taking a hit to the chest.

After making the tackle, Hamlin got up before collapsing backwards. Hamlin's heartbeat was restored on the field after CPR was administered. He was then removed from the field via ambulance before being taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he remains sedated and in critical condition in the ICU

"I'll just start out on behalf of our organization, myself, Joe (Schoen), the players, some of the coaches, some of the staff members. A lot of us have been around Damar," said Daboll, who walked into his media availability wearing a hat with Hamlin's No. 3 on it. "We offer our prayers to him, to his family, to the people in that organization. They've been through a lot, and this is tragic. It's tragic to see.

"Feel for Damar most importantly, his family, but all the players and coaches that are around him every day. He's a tremendous young man, and just pray for a recovery. It was tough."

Since Hamlin arrived at the hospital, his family and friends have been providing updates to reporters on the 24-year-old's condition.

On Wednesday morning, Jordon Rooney -- a family friend of Hamlin -- told Coley Harvey of ESPN that doctors got promising readings on Hamlin overnight, with Harvey tweeting that "progress appears to be made."

On Tuesday, Hamlin -- who had been on 100 percent oxygen since arriving at the hospital -- had his reliance on oxygen brought down to 50 percent.

Daboll said that before practice on Wednesday, the Giants' medical staff and psychologist spoke with the players about what happened to Hamlin before the team chaplain led the group in a prayer.

As far as whether any of his players had expressed reservations about playing in Week 18 following what happened to Hamlin, Daboll said no, but added that he will support anything the players need.