Jim Kelly leaves ICU as doctor hails ‘solid progess’ in recovery from cancer surgery

Jim Kelly has taken another big step in his recovery from oral cancer surgery, as he has been released from the ICU.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted the good news on Instagram Thursday.

“Blessing upon blessing. Last day in the ICU,” read the post, which showed Kelly walking.

The Sabres have a decision to make in goal with starter Robin Lehner set to become a restricted free agent and backup Chad Johnson eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The team’s other pending unrestricted free agents include forwards Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Nolan and defenseman Josh Gorges.

Forward Sam Reinhart, who scored a career-best 25 goals, completed his three-year entry-level contract and is eligible to be a restricted free agent.

Lehner visited a specialist Monday to assess a lower-body injury that forced him to miss the final five games. Defenseman Zach Bogosian expects to be cleared to skate by June after having season-ending hip surgery in January.

“They play the game in different levels. Myles is such an athletic, to me, he’s more like Julius Peppers in terms of his movement skills and his length and how he plays,” Browns general manager John Dorsey told the team’s website. “Chubb plays the game a little bit differently, but he’s still an unbelievable defensive prospect for this draft.”

Cleveland could also take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, an explosive talent who impressed during the Scouting Combine.

Despite trading a third-round pick for Tyrod Taylor this offseason, the Browns are also expected to select a quarterback in the draft. Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield have been the signal callers most heavily linked with Cleveland during the draft process.

“There was a number of base runners on and they capitalized on one swing so you have to give Martinez a little bit of credit,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “From Zack, I thought he battled through those early innings and he had some real easy innings kind of towards the back end of his outing, so I focus on that more than anything.”buccaneers_076

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