NFL Roundup: Ex-Buffalo QB Jim Kelly to undergo more cancer surgery

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery following the return of oral cancer. His wife, Jill, says the cancer is aggressive and starting to spread.

The 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star is being treated in New York City. Brother Dan Kelly tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that doctors are leaning toward surgery on Thursday or perhaps April 1.

Kelly's Buffalo doctors said March 14 the return of the cancer was discovered when he came for follow-up tests after surgery to remove cancerous cells last year.

Dan Kelly says his brother is humbled by an outpouring of prayers posted on social media. Jill Kelly has been providing updates on Twitter and her blog.

Jim Kelly retired following the 1996 football season.

Colts owner Irsay's court hearing delayed

INDIANAPOLIS -- Prosecutors postponed an initial court appearance for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay following his arrest on drug-related charges.

Irsay had been scheduled to go to court Wednesday following his March 16 arrest on preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. But the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office issued a statement Tuesday saying the hearing was postponed "unless or until" formal charges are filed against him.

Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andre Miksha said prosecutors are not bound by preliminary booking charges.

Prosecutors and Irsay's family have said he is undergoing treatment at a facility outside of Indiana.

Irsay, 54, was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Police said Irsay failed several roadside field sobriety tests before he was arrested.

Police said they found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle. The drugs were not associated with any of the pill bottles found inside, and police said some were not in bottles.

Authorities would not say what drugs Irsay was allegedly caught with, but they were listed as Schedule IV drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration. That type of drug, which includes Xanax, Darvocet and Ambien, has a low risk for abuse or dependency, according to the DEA.

Source: Lions and Ihedigbo agree to 2-year deal

A person familiar with negotiations says the Detroit Lions and safety James Ihedigbo have agreed to a two-year contract.

The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Ihedigbo made 99 tackles and had three interceptions for the Baltimore Ravens last year.

He started 12 games in 2011 for the New England Patriots. Ihedigbo made his NFL debut with the New York Jets during the 2008 season. He was cut by the Jets the previous year as an undrafted rookie, who went from being a walk-on to a standout at Massachusetts.

The Lions have been looking for a safety to start alongside Glover Quin to replace Louis Delmas.

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