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Hall of Famer Kelly progressing after cancer surgery
| 2 weeks ago

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is eating on his own, just over two weeks after undergoing 12 hours of surgery for a recurrence of oral cancer.

Kelly's doctor told the Democrat & Chronicle that the former Buffalo Bills standout is one of the toughest patients he has ever treated.

On Thursday, Kelly's wife, Jill, posted a video on Instagram of her husband drinking a chocolate shake after a feeding tube was removed.

Dr. Mark Urken told the newspaper that Kelly is not able to chew but he expects that he will eventually be able to eat and speak without any complications.

Kelly underwent a complicated 12-hour surgery on March 28 to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. Doctors called the procedure a success but said the recovery would be "extensive."

"We are so thankful that Jim continues to make progress every day," Jill Kelly said in a statement, per the newspaper. "His recovery will take time and patience. We all look forward to being out of the hospital soon. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for such incredible support."

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