PITTSFORD – Jim Kelly’s next doctor visit will be earlier than originally expected.
The Hall of Fame quarterback told reporters Tuesday at his camp at St. John Fisher College that he has an unexpected checkup in the second week of August in New York City. Kelly has additional surgery scheduled for September.
“Something came up,” said Kelly, who is recovering from a second recurrence of cancer since 2013. “I want to make sure everything is going on for the right reasons. ... I’m not sure what’s going on. There’s some things I want to have looked at. I don’t know if I’m going to be there for two days, four days or in and out. ...
"If there is a little pain here (in a place where) you think there shouldn't be anything, you got to get it checked. Even though I'm blessed to have (the doctor) at ECMC that I go to in Buffalo look and make sure that things are going pretty good, it helps."
Kelly did not offer additional specifics.
Kelly’s last surgery came in mid-June, when he had five implants inserted into the new bone in his upper jaw. He still has stitches from that surgery, but said he expects those will be taken out during his upcoming appointment. Permanent dentures were expected to be inserted during the September surgery.
“I pray that when September rolls around I can finally put a rack of ribs in front of me and bite into it,” Kelly said.
Kelly, who also participated in his camp in Orchard Park in late June, was active on the field Tuesday, throwing passes to young hopefuls practicing their routes.
“I’m alright,” Kelly said. “Every day is just like everybody. Everybody’s got their own issues. I have my own and I just keep fighting every day and just praying that the good Lord has plans for me down the road. That’s what I’m holding onto.”
Kelly is heading to Los Angeles to receive the Jimmy V Award as part of the ESPYs.