Jim Kelly discharged from hospital after jaw surgery to remove cancer

Jim Kelly has taken another encouraging step in his oral cancer treatment.

The former Bills quarterback on Saturday was discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery last month to remove the disease in his upper jaw.

With a swollen smile, and a cane in his hand he was DISCHARGED from the hospital today! Praise the LORD! So THANKFUL for Dr. Mark Urken, his team, and the rest of the amazing Mount Sinai staff. The recovery continues here in NYC for the next two weeks. Then back to BUFFALO! One day at a time. One prayer at a time. All in God’s perfect timing! Thank you for praying!!

Kelly, 58, led the Bills to four straight AFC championships from 1990-93, but lost each Super Bowl appearance. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the USFL MVP in 1984, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Immediately after the news of his release broke, Bryant took to Twitter saying, “it’s very personal.”

He followed up those sentiments in an appearance on NFL Network calling out the coaches for how they communicated with him and said the coaches couldn’t “be a man” about cutting him from the team.

“The way this whole situation got handled, I felt like I asked some of them to be a man about the situations a long time ago and they couldn’t,” Bryant said. “I’m not talking about no players, because all of the players, you know, we A1. … I’m trying my best to sugarcoat it, but I can’t.”

When asked if he thought some of his teammates had a role in the decision to release him, Bryant blamed “(coach Jason) Garrett guys” for pushing the team toward his release, although he wouldn’t say who the “Garrett guys” are.

The only interior offensive lineman who makes sense for Dallas without being a reach is Texas’ Connor Williams. But starting with the Redskins at No. 13, several teams picking in front of the Cowboys have a need there, too. For now, it’s looking a ‘Bama pick is the first-round favorite for the Cowboys, either Ridley or Payne.

Ryan Shazier injury update: Steelers LB stands at Penguins game

Ryan Shazier continues to proudly progress with his recovery.

The Steelers linebacker pumped up the Pittsburgh crowd Wednesday before the puck drop of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series between the Penguins and Flyers.

James could play the same role Charles Woodson did as a hybrid safety/corner in his final years with the Packers. If Green Bay comes out of the first round with James, Fitzpatrick or Ward, that’s a win.

Green Bay can’t count on any of those players being available, so if none are there, the Packers would take a cornerback like Joshua Jackson or, in a more likely scenario, a pass-rusher. Boston College’s Harold Landry, who had 21.5 sacks over the last two seasons, and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport, who had 15 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in that stretch, are candidates for the pick.

The mention came while Snead was discussing the addition of Ndamukong Suh, noting how the two can help each other on the field.

“The nice thing about Ndamukong, at age 31 and somebody who’s been the highest-paid defensive player in football, winning was very important in this phase of his career,” Snead said.

“He’s well aware that when you can partner, be beside someone who is on the verge of being the highest-paid defensive player in football, then that’s a really good thing. I guess you’d say two is better than one.”

Pro Football Talk notes that the Rams have made it a priority to reach a long-term extension with Donald this offseason. If Donald does become the highest-paid defender, he will pass Von Miller, who has a $114.5 million deal that pays him $19.083 million per season.

Donald is coming off a strong season where he had 11 sacks. In his first four years with the Rams, he was named a Pro Bowler in each season and was first-team All-Pro in the last three.

Among the notable preseason games to keep an eye on is a Super Bowl LII rematch between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. 

The Eagles captured their first-ever Lombardi Trophy with a 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Nick Foles was named MVP after throwing for 373 yards with four total touchdowns (one receiving).

Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche at the league’s annual meetings last month in Orlando, Florida, that quarterback Carson Wentz is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a torn ACL suffered during a Dec. 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

One of the biggest storylines is Jon Gruden’s return to coaching with the Oakland Raiders after spending the past nine years as a broadcaster and an analyst for ESPN. His new vision for the Silver and Black will be on display for the first time against the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of preseason games.

While the 2018 NFL draft in Arlington, Texas, is still two weeks away, the Cleveland Browns—assuming they don’t make any deals—will get their first looks at the first and fourth overall selections in a showdown with the New York Giants, who own the No. 2 pick.

The first two picks would help address the Lions’ need to beef up its powerless run game, which ranked dead last in 2017, averaging 76.3 yards per game.

Chubb rushed for 1,345 yards last season for the Bulldogs, averaging six yards per carry. He scored 15 touchdowns, splitting duties with Sony Michel.

The 6-foot-2, 348-pound Hernandez “has short arms (32 inches) for a guard,” McShay writes, “but is a powerful run-blocker and improving in pass protection. He’d be a likely starter. Chubb had an exceptional combine, and if his medical checks out, he could be a steal in the middle of the second round. He had an exceptional combine.”

Holmes, meanwhile, “has the tools to develop into a starting left defensive end and has upside,” McShay writes.