Jan 8, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills fans show support for Damar Hamlin before a game against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Damar Hamlin reacts to Bills scoring on opening kickoff

Safety Damar Hamlin roared his approval after Buffalo Bills teammate Nyheim Hines returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

The play was the first for Buffalo since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest during Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hamlin tweeted a photo of himself preparing for “GAMETIME!!!” while watching the game from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

And here’s how Hamlin reacted on Twitter after Hines found the right sideline as part of a 96-yard touchdown return on Sunday:

“OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Hamlin tweeted.

Hamlin also reacted on Twitter after tight end Dawson Knox later scored, then made a heart sign with his hands directed toward Hamlin.

“I love you too @dawsonknox,” he wrote.

–Field Level Media

Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) is helped off the field in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colts RB Nyheim Hines (concussion) exits game

Colts running back Nyheim Hines exited Indianapolis’ game against the host Denver Broncos on Thursday night with a concussion.

On the third offensive snap of the game, Hines caught a short pass, made a cut and turned upfield, but linebacker Nik Bonitto came flying in from behind him and pushed him to the ground. Hines then rolled around on the ground appearing somewhat dazed before getting up and trying to walk, but he staggered and couldn’t keep his balance.

Offensive linemen and trainers quickly surrounded Hines to make sure that he didn’t fall, and he was taken to the locker room.

After undergoing tests, the Colts announced Hines had sustained a concussion and would not return.

Hines, 25, was starting for Jonathan Taylor, who was out with an ankle injury. He had one carry for 3 yards in addition to the 5-yard reception before exiting.

Deon Jackson took over in the backfield.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) catches a pass during the day's Colts camp practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

Colts Camp

Colts RB Nyheim Hines signs 3-year, $18.6M extension

The Indianapolis Colts and running back Nyheim Hines agreed to a three-year, $18.6 million extension Friday, the player’s agent told ESPN.

The extension keeps the 2018 fourth-round pick from North Carolina State in Indianapolis through the 2024 season.

Hines, 24, and the Colts open the season Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

Hines rushed for 380 yards and three touchdowns and caught a team-high 63 passes for 482 yards and four scores in 16 games last season.

He has rushed for 893 yards and seven touchdowns and added 170 receptions for 1,227 yards and six TDs while playing in all 48 regular season games (eight starts). Hines has also averaged 14.9 yards on 39 career punt returns with two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media