Jim Kelly was recovering comfortably Friday after the former Buffalo Bills quarterback underwent surgery to treat cancer of the upper jawbone.

The Erie County Medical Center released a statement on behalf of the Hall of Fame signal-caller.

"At Mr. Kelly's request, we thank everyone for their concern and well wishes for him and his family," the statement said. "Today, Mr. Kelly underwent a partial maxillectomy to remove a squamous cell carcinoma of the upper gingival caused be chronic irritation at the gum site. He underwent reconstruction with a dental obturator. The surgery went very well. We are hopeful for and anticipate a speedy recovery and successful outcome.

"Mr. Kelly is recovering comfortably at this time. He is in the capable care of the great nurses and staff here at ECMC. He will remain here at the hospital until he feels comfortable to go home."