Ex-Bills QB Kelly on mend after latest surgical procedure

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is recovering following the latest surgical procedure in his battle against oral cancer.

Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, posted an update on her husband’s condition on her Instagram account Thursday. The post was accompanied by a photo of the couple holding hands.

“Never stop holding hands. In sickness and in health,” wrote Jill Kelly wrote. “Out of surgery and in recovery.

“Still in a lot of pain, but everything went well. Thank GOD! No teeth yet, but 5 implants were inserted into the new bone in Jim’s upper jaw. More technical than I can explain.”

The 58-year-old Kelly underwent a 12-hour procedure on March 28 to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. He was discharged from a New York hospital on April 14.

Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013 and underwent surgery. After doctors determined the cancer had spread to his nasal cavities, he underwent additional treatments and had another surgery in March 2014.

In 2016, Kelly was declared cancer-free before the disease returned earlier this year.

During the early 1990s, Kelly led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances. He retired after the 1996 season and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002.