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Ex-Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly Battling Cancer of the Jaw

Rick Stewart/Getty Images(BATAVIA, NY) -- NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has come out and announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone.

Kelly is being treated for squamous cell carcinoma. Tests have shown that the cancer is only in his jaw and has yet to spread to any other areas in his body. Kelly will undergo surgery on Friday.

"Doctors have told me that my prognosis for recovery is very good," Kelly said on Monday.

"I am extremely confident in my road to recovery," Kelly added. "I plan to tackle this challenge head on, as we Kellys always do, with toughness, perseverance and faith."

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills befiore retiring back in 1996.  He holds franchise records for passing yards and and touchdowns. Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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