Jim Kelly’s jaw surgery to remove cancer goes well


Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly underwent surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw on Friday.

“The surgery went very well,” according to a news release issued by Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center. “We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome.”

Doctors say that part of Kelly’s jawbone was removed during the operation and then reconstructed.

“Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time,” the hospital said. “He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home.”

Kelly revealed that he had cancer on Monday.

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 season. The Bills made it to four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s and Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.