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Jim Kelly released from New York City hospital

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was released from a New York City hospital on Saturday, 17 days after undergoing a 12-hour upper jaw reconstruction. His wife, Jill, announced Kelly's release via Instagram and it was later confirmed by a Mount Sinai West spokeswoman.

Jim Kelly is expected to remain in New York City for two weeks and then return to Buffalo. Jill said he left the hospital with a "swollen smile and a cane in his hand."

Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West who performed the procedure, said Kelly left the hospital "after an extremely favorable recovery."
"The speed of that process, considering the extensive nature of his surgery, was a function of his toughness, the firmness of his resolve, his faith and the support of his family," Urken said in a statement. "All of those factors will continue to serve him well as he moves on to the next phase of his rehabilitation.”

Urken said he expects Kelly to recover with excellent function, including his ability to speak.

Kelly began to take nutrition by mouth, but Urken said he will be able to eat solid food again once he is outfitted with implanted teeth in another procedure.

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