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    Bills’ John Brown scores TD for first time in 2 years, gives ball to trainer who saved Damar Hamlin (Watch)



    Orchard Park, N.Y. — It had been over two years since Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown found the end zone.

    His last regular season touchdown came as a member of the Bills roster in their 2020-21 regular season finale, a 56-26 win over the Miami Dolphins on January 3, 2021. Last season, Brown spent time with the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was targeted three times the entire year and finished the season with no receptions.

    After many believed his career was over, Brown reemerged this season in Buffalo on their practice squad. In his first two games with the Bills this season, he failed to log a reception. He was targeted just once on 15 offensive snaps.

    Brown found himself elevated for the team’s regular season finale against the New England Patriots. Much like his first two games this season, Brown’s opportunities were limited. He played just six offensive snaps on Sunday, but made the most of one of them.

    With the Bills holding a 21-17 lead, Brown showed that he still had the speed to get behind the defense. After Josh Allen extended the play with his legs, he could be seen motioning a player to go down the field. That player, Brown, knew exactly what to do. Allen delivered a deep ball and Brown made a spectacular 42-yard touchdown reception to extend the team’s lead to 28-17.

    After waiting so long to get back into the end zone, Brown could have simply kept the ball. Instead, the receiver made a beeline for Denny Kellington.

    Kellington, the Bills’ assistant athletic trainer, was credited by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated as playing a vital role in reviving Damar Hamlin after he suffered cardiac arrest on the field last Monday. Kellington and several other medical professionals restored Hamlin’s heartbeat using CPR and an AED on the field at Paycor Stadium before he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

    You can see the moment between Brown and Kellington below.

    After the game, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said that he wasn’t surprised that Brown would make such a gesture noting that it says a lot about who he is as a person.

    “I heard about it, I didn’t see it,” McDermott told the media postgame. “But again, you talk about the people quotient and we’ve got good people and our players are guys that do things the right way, for that to be on John’s mind, I don’t know John’s numbers over the last year and a half, just overall what passes he’s caught, touchdowns he’s caught, but for him to make that play number one, this is a guy that hasn’t played in a number of weeks, and that was a difficult, difficult play to make and he made it and then to have the wherewithal to go to the sideline 15 seconds later and hand the ball to the trainer I think says a lot about who he is.”

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