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Jim Kelly is fighting cancer once again

Jim Kelly (left) and Deion Sanders at the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund gala last year, shortly before his original cancer diagnosis. (Brad Barket / Getty Images)

New post: Kelly expected to have surgery Thursday

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is fighting cancer again.

Doctors at Erie County (N.Y.) Medical Center announced recently that the former Buffalo Bills quarterback’s cancer, which originally was discovered in his jaw in 2013, had spread. Kelly, 54, is undergoing treatment in New York and his wife and daughters have been posting photos and blogging to ask for prayers.

“The cancer’s back, aggressive, and starting to spread,” Jill Kelly blogged.

Since his relapse was announced, former teammates and the Buffalo community have rallied around Kelly and his family.

“This is not a common cold,” his former teammate, Steve Tasker, told’s Peter King. “He is loaded for another fight, and he is going to fight it hard. I don’t want to give the impression that this is catastrophic because it’s not. But it’s going to be a tough fight. Jim knows that.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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