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Former Pitt S Damar Hamlin Takes Massive Step Forward in Recovery

Former Pitt Panthers safety Damar Hamlin is awake and making improvements.

PITTSBURGH -- Former Pitt Panthers safety Damar Hamlin has been in critical condition since going into cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field at Cincinnati's Paycor Stadium during the Bills-Bengals game earlier this week. 

But all signs point to the former Panther making great strides in his recovery. Teammate Kaiir Elam, who heard from Hamlin's father, Mario, said that Damar is awake and making more great progress. He had been asleep and on assisted breathing since arriving at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Buffalo Bills had some more details to share as well, saying Hamlin has shown "remarkable improvement" over the past 24 hours. 

"While still critically ill, he has demonstrated that he remains neurologically intact," the team wrote on Twitter. "His lungs continue to heal and he is making steady progress." 

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