Docs expect 'successful outcome' after Jim Kelly's cancer surgery

Jim Kelly (posing with new Bills quarterback EJ Manuel) underwent
Jim Kelly, right, with Bills QB EJ Manuel, is recovering from cancer surgery. (USATSI)

We learned on Monday the bad news that Bills legend Jim Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jawbone. It's excellent news then to find out that Kelly underwent surgery on Friday and doctors are expecting a "successful outcome."

Buffalo's Erie County Medical Center issued a news release saying they also "anticipate a speedy recovery."

"The surgery went very well," the release said. "We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome."

Per the hospital, Kelly "underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused by chronic irritation at the gum site." In short, he had part of his jawbone removed in order to eliminate the cancer. He then "underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator," according to the hospital.

"Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time," the hospital said. "He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."

Kelly's wife Jill also tweeted about the quarterback's recovery:

And then followed it up with an additional message indicating Kelly is in pretty good spirits:

The initial diagnosis for Kelly when he revealed the cancer was deemed good -- a successful surgery only makes a full recovery more likely and is fantastic news.

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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