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Damar Hamlin healthy inactive in Bills' season opener vs. Jets on 'Monday Night Football'

Damar Hamlin's inspirational return for the 2023 season will be put on hold.

The Buffalo Bills safety is officially inactive tonight as a healthy scratch versus the New York Jets.

NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Monday morning Hamlin was expected to be inactive. It's simply a numbers crunch in the Bills' deep defensive backfield, Garafolo added, and Hamlin could be active on game day in the coming weeks.

Hamlin has hit every benchmark this offseason since suffering cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 25-year-old participated in offseason work, took part in padded training camp practices and looked fearless during preseason action. A backup safety and special teams player, Hamlin being inactive Monday is no indictment of his inspiring comeback story.

The big takeaway is that Hamlin is a healthy inactive who should make his return to the field this season, even if it isn't Week 1. When it eventually does happen, it'll be an inspiration to many.

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