Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was discharged from a New York City hospital on Saturday after having surgery last month to remove cancer in his upper jaw.
"Mr. Kelly was discharged from the hospital today after an extremely favorable recovery," said Dr. Mark Urken, who treated Kelly. "The speed of that process, considering the extensive nature of his surgery, was a function of his toughness, the firmness of his resolve, his faith and the support of his family. All of those factors will continue to serve him well as he moves on to the next phase of his rehabilitation."
Kelly is expected to continue his recovery in New York for the next two weeks before returning to Buffalo, his wife, Jill, wrote on Instagram:
With a swollen smile, and a cane in his hand he was DISCHARGED from the hospital today! Praise the LORD! So THANKFUL for Dr. Mark Urken, his team, and the rest of the amazing Mount Sinai staff. The recovery continues here in NYC for the next two weeks. Then back to BUFFALO! One day at a time. One prayer at a time. All in God's perfect timing! Thank you for praying!!
Doctors at Mount Sinai West completed a procedure on March 28 to reconstruct Kelly's upper jaw and remove cancer that was found in a biopsy earlier this year. Dr. Urken said that Kelly would be screened for cancer again in three months.
This was the third time Kelly has been treated for cancer. He had jaw surgery in 2013 to remove oral cancer and underwent chemotherapy when cancer was found in his maxillary sinus in 2014.
Kelly, 58, played for the Buffalo Bills from 1986 to 1996 and appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.