UPDATE: Damar Hamlin's breathing tube removed, able to talk to family

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is breathing on his own and able to talk after having his breathing tube removed, his agent said Friday — the latest step in his remarkable recovery in the four days since going into cardiac arrest and being resuscitated on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Buffalo Bills also confirmed the information in a tweet Friday morning.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters Hamlin flexed his biceps as a sign of strength over FaceTime to the team Friday morning and told the players "Love you boys."

“I probably won’t be able to do it justice," Bills coach Sean McDermott said Friday, "but just to see Damar, No. 1, through my own eyes, it was something I was hoping to see and kind of something I needed to see ... and to see the players' reaction, they stood up right away and started clapping for him and yelling some things.”

McDermott said he kept it a secret from the team before announcing he had “a treat in store” for them — putting Hamlin on the big screen in the meeting room.

“He’s just an infectious young man with an infectious personality, McDermott said. FULL STORY ON KHOU

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