Jim Kelly out of hospital, “praying for a miracle”


As Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly prepares to undergo chemotherapy treatments, he has exited the hospital for the weekend.  Kelly attended Friday night’s Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, as a surprise for his daughter, Erin.

I probably shouldn’t even be here,” Kelly told MSG Network, via ESPN.com.

Starting Monday, he’ll have three chemotherapy sessions over a six-week period, and he’ll start daily radiation treatments.  Both are aimed at shrinking numerous small tumors spreading through his head.

“My big battle is Monday when I go in to start my radiation and chemo,” Kelly said. “I hope when it’s all over they get everything, but right now we’re praying for a miracle.”

A miracle could be within reach.

“Kelly’s condition remains very treatable and potentially curable,” Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement issued Tuesday, via ESPN.com.  “Even if chemotherapy and radiation are not successful in eradicating the cancer, his skull-base tumor remains operable.”

Kelly has received support through the NFL and sports world.  He has noticed, and he appreciates it.

“Just keep praying for me,” Kelly said.  “I am going to need them.”