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NFL HOF quarterback Jim Kelly on mend, faces more surgery in June

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Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills (L) congratulates running back and former teammate Thurman Thomas after his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 3, 2007 in Miami. File photo by Joe Marino/Bill Cantrell/UPI
Former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills (L) congratulates running back and former teammate Thurman Thomas after his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 3, 2007 in Miami. File photo by Joe Marino/Bill Cantrell/UPI | License Photo

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly faces another surgical procedure next month as he continues to recover from his latest bout with cancer.

Kelly's wife, Jill, updated her husband's condition via an Instagram posting Thursday. Jim Kelly was in New York City on Wednesday for a checkup.

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"The doctors were very impressed with how much Jim has healed since he's been home," wrote Jill Kelly. "The plan at this point is that he will have surgery in mid-June."

The 58-year-old Kelly was discharged from a New York hospital on April 14 after undergoing a 12-hour procedure on March 28 to remove oral cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw.

Jill Kelly also wrote on Instagram that once her husband heals from next month's procedure, he could face another surgery and possibly receive upper teeth in September.

Last week, Kelly made a surprise visit to the Buffalo Bills' minicamp, although he declined to speak to reporters.

Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013 and underwent surgery. After doctors determined the cancer had spread to his nasal cavities, he underwent additional treatments and had another surgery in March 2014.

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In 2016, Kelly was declared cancer-free before the disease returned earlier this year.

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