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HOF QB Jim Kelly again diagnosed with cancer

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

For the second time in eight months, Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with cancer. (USATSI)
For the second time in eight months, Jim Kelly has been diagnosed with cancer. (USATSI)

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was diagnosed with upper jaw cancer last June, but a couple of weeks after surgery that removed part of his jawbone, he was declared cancer free.

On Friday, though, the Erie County Medical Center announced on the Bills website that Kelly's cancer has returned.

"Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery," said Dr. Thom Loree, a head and neck surgeon, in a statement. "Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned. Our team of head and neck cancer specialists is determining a course of treatment that will allow Mr. Kelly to battle this cancer successfully. Mr. Kelly has asked that you to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

According to, Kelly will leave for New York City on Monday for the "best treatment available."

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