Jim Kelly expected to be hospitalized two weeks after jaw reconstruction

Apr 2, 2018

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to be hospitalized for two weeks as he recovers from another cancer surgery.

Credit Erin Kelly

Dr. Mark Urken said he successfully removed cancer from Kelly's upper jaw and lymph nodes and reconstructed his upper jaw during an all-day surgery last week. Urken operated on the 58-year-old Kelly at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

Kelly's daughter, Erin, posted on Instagram Sunday that her father's left femur bone was used for the reconstruction, due to radiation damage from his previous cancer. She said Kelly cannot talk yet, but has been communicating on a white board.

Kelly had surgery in June 2013 to have a portion of his upper jaw removed after first being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Follow-up tests nine months later showed the cancer spread to his sinus, which led to radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

Kelly had been cancer-free since September 2014, before announcing March 1 that a test had again revealed the presence of oral cancer.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.