Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is once again cancer-free after clean MRI

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor
Jim Kelly has been fighting cancer repeatedly for the last five years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Jim Kelly has been fighting cancer repeatedly for the last five years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

It has been a long winding road, but, per his wife, Jim Kelly is once again cancer free.

Jill Kelly announced the good news through Instagram on Friday, posting a photo of Kelly giving the thumbs up and mentioning the Bills legend’s recover took “a bit longer than usual” due to extensive mouth reconstruction.

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That mouth reconstruction likely stemmed from complications with Kelly’s recovery, given that he had already been announced as cancer-free last July.

Kelly’s third battle with cancer in five years

Hopefully, Friday will mark the last day of a battle that has gone on for half a decade. Kelly was initially diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of cancer in his upper jaw, in 2013. Despite treatment that included surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Kelly’s cancer returned twice, most recently in March 2018.

Kelly earned the Jimmy V Award at last year’s ESPYs for his struggle, and has still managed to visit the Bills between surgeries. With a clean bill of health in hand, he will be making a very public appearance next week as one of four honorary captains at the Pro Bowl.

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