Hamlin Wakes Up as NFL Decides Fate of Abandoned Bills Game

Days after Damar Hamlin collapsed on a football field in Cincinnati and scared the absolute bejeezus out of a giant swath of this sports-loving country, there is good news to report.

The 24 year old Buffalo Bills safety is awake, albeit with some misplaced priorities…unbeknownst to himself.

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday that Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has made “substantial progress” in the last 24 hours, so much so that he was able to ask medical staff “who won?” Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Officials with the hospital gave an update on Hamlin’s condition during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, and they noted that while he is still not able to speak, he has been communicating by writing.

In light of Hamlin’s cardiac incident, the NFL is making an unprecedented decision.

The postponed Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game will not be resumed and has been canceled, the NFL announced Thursday evening.

The game was postponed after Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest after making a tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin had to be resuscitated on the field and remains in the hospital, where his status has improved since receiving 100 percent of oxygen from a ventilator.

“This has been a very difficult week,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We continue to focus on the recovery of Damar Hamlin and are encouraged by the improvements in his condition as well as the tremendous outpouring of support and care for Damar and his family from across the country. We are also incredibly appreciative of the amazing work of the medical personnel and commend each and every one of them.”

Bills’ QB Josh Allen has said that the team is ready to play this week, and they they’ll be playing for Hamlin.