Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jim Kelly wins the big one

OTTO GREULE JR/GETTY IMAGES Seahawks´ Russell Wilson throws against the Packers last night in Seattle. The game ended too late for this edition. Read about it online on philly.com.
OTTO GREULE JR/GETTY IMAGES Seahawks' Russell Wilson throws against the Packers last night in Seattle. The game ended too late for this edition. Read about it online on philly.com.
HALL OF FAME quarterback Jim Kelly was nearly lost for words yesterday upon learning follow-up tests revealed he shows no signs of having sinus cancer.

"I don't even know what to do with myself. I'm so overwhelmed. I'm so thankful," Kelly was quoted as saying in a message posted on his wife Jill Kelly's Instagram account. "I want to literally hug and thank all of you in person."

Kelly was informed of the results by his doctor, Peter Costantino, a week after having a series of biopsies performed at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital.

The results confirmed an initial physical exam Costantino performed 2 weeks ago, and come 3 months after Kelly completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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"Dr. Costantino said it was nothing short of a miracle, because he wasn't sure when he went in what was going to come out," Kelly said. "This is some of the greatest news I've ever gotten."

Costantino is the head of the hospital's head and neck institute, and oversaw Kelly's treatments since the former Buffalo Bills star was first diagnosed with sinus cancer in March.

Kelly's battle with cancer began in June 2013, when he had surgery to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus in March.

Noteworthy

* The NFL is reviewing the arrest of New York Jets practice-squad wide receiver Quincy Enunwa under its new domestic-violence policy as police released details of last weekend's incident.

Police said that Enunwa grabbed the woman by her ankle and pulled her off a hotel bed, "causing her to strike and injure both her head and finger," according to a police complaint obtained by NJ.com.

Enunwa was a sixth-round pick in the NFL draft in May after he had 12 touchdowns for Nebraska last season and was the Gator Bowl MVP. He made the Jets' initial 53-man roster last Saturday, but was cut Monday when the team made other player moves. New York signed him to the practice squad - meaning he is not on the active roster for games - on Tuesday.

* Jadeveon Clowney says he's ready to make his NFL debut for the Houston Texans after recovering from a concussion. The top overall draft pick left a practice Aug. 20 after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Denver tight end Jacob Tamme. He missed the Texans' final two preseason games, but says he passed the NFL protocols for head injuries in just over a week and will play Sunday against Washington.

* Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England's opener Sunday at Miami.

* The 49ers' new stadium is the most expensive venue to take a family of four for an NFL game. Team Marketing Report released its Fan Cost Index, indicating families will have to shell out an estimated $641.50 to attend a 49ers game in their new digs in Santa Clara, Calif.

New England remains the most expensive ticket at $122, the highest average for a nonpremium ticket, followed by the 49ers at $117. The average NFL ticket is $84.43, a 3.5 percent increase from last season.

The Eagles' average is $98.69. Cleveland still has the cheapest at $54.20.

* Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he will make a game-time decision on quarterback Cam Newton's availability for Sunday's opener at Tampa Bay after the fourth-year quarterback was limited in practice yesterday while recovering from fractured ribs. Newton was injured Aug. 22 in a preseason game against New England. Derek Anderson would start if Newton can't play.

* Cleveland Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon will work for a car dealership while sitting out this season as he serves his NFL suspension, a source said.

* After suffering a season-ending torn left ACL for the second time in 9 months, St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford said he will be back.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and focusing on getting it fixed and starting rehab again," Bradford said in his first comments since getting hurt in the Rams' third preseason game. "I'm coming back as strong as ever."

* The Oakland Raiders agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging they failed to pay their cheerleaders minimum wage. The settlement covers 90 Raiderettes who worked for the team from 2010-13. The proposal calls for each cheerleader to be paid an average of $6,000 for each season worked from 2010-12 and $2,500 for 2013.

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