Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly underwent surgery today to remove cancer from his upper jaw, and doctors are reporting that he will have a “successful outcome.”
“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.”
Thom Loree, the hospital’s director of head and neck surgery department, performed the surgery on Kelly and removed part of his jawbone where the squamous cell carcinoma was found and caused by “chronic irritation at the gum site.” “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.”
The 53-year-old Kelly announced his bout with cancer on Monday and said that he would have to undergo the operation first before they could determine whether or not he needed to get chemo treatments. “I am extremely confident in my road to recovery,” he said. “I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do.”
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Kelly still holds nearly every significant career franchise passing record in Buffalo Bills history: 35,467 yards, 237 touchdowns and 26 300-yard games.