Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills great, recovering after surgery


Jim Kelly was recovering comfortably Friday after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback underwent surgery to treat cancer of the upper jawbone.

The Erie County Medical Center released a statement on behalf of the Hall of Fame signal-caller.

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"At Mr. Kelly's request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family," the statement said. "Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome."

"(Kelly) will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."

Kelly announced Monday that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Kelly told reporters that the cancer had not spread to other areas of his body and his prognosis for full recovery was "very good."

Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and is the Bills' all-time leading passer with 35,467 yards. He also led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993.

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