NEW YORK, NY-- The doctor that performed the surgery on Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly talked about the surgery and Kelly's recovery progress.

Dr. Mark Urken says Kelly is one of the toughest patients he has ever treated, and he is impressed with his recovery. Urken say Kelly is now eating on his own, but is not able to chew. Kelly will eventually be fitted for permanent replacement upper teeth. Urken expects Kelly to eventually be able to eat and speak without complications or pain.

“Jim’s health situation points to the need for people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and to get checked out immediately if something seems abnormal. We are so thankful that Jim continues to make progress every day. His recovery will take time and patience. We all look forward to being out of the hospital soon. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for such incredible support," said Jim's wife Jill Kelly in a released statement.

Hospital officials tell 2 On Your Side that Kelly will be released soon, but no exact date has been set.

On Thursday, Kelly had his feeding tube removed and was able to enjoy a chocolate milkshake.

More PROGRESS!!! Huge day...the feeding tube is out and a CHOCOLATE SHAKE! YES!! Amazing! Thank You LORD!!! #KellyTough

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