Bills guarantee Hamlin's full contract while on injured reserve

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The Buffalo Bills have guaranteed Damar Hamlin's full contract after he was placed on injured reserve, reports state.

Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest in the Week 17 clash against the Cincinnati Bengals, which will not resume, and was administered CPR on the field before being rushed to hospital.

In an update on Saturday, the Bills stated Hamlin had excellent neurological function but remains in critical condition, while the player himself took to social media to express his gratitude for the support he has been given.

With Hamlin being placed on injured reserve, his split rate was due to fall from $825,000 to $455,000 but the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has stated the Bills have ensured he will receive the full amount, despite not being on the active roster.

The Bills have reportedly worked out an agreement with the NFL and the NFLPA in order to be able to do so.

On Sunday, the Bills' final regular season game against the New England Patriots will include a special acknowledgement for the medical staff pregame and '3' hats on the sidelines.

Hamlin, who remains at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, will watch the game from his hospital bed.