Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward Suffers Broken Jaw After Being Hit By Pitch

Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward Suffers Broken Jaw After Being Hit By PitchThe Atlanta Braves experienced quite a scare during their matinee against the New York Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field as star outfielder Jason Heyward was hit by a Jonathon Niese pitch in the top of the sixth inning.

‘Hit in the right jaw’

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution later reported that Heyward was hit in the right jaw, and he will undergo an X-ray and other tests at a local hospital. The Braves official Twitter feed provides an update on the surgery:

“Heyward will undergo surgery tomorrow (Thursday). The Braves will have an estimated time frame for his return after the surgery.”

Heyward was immediately removed from the game in favor of pinch runner Jordan Schafer. Heyward unwillingly took one for the team, but it worked to the Braves’ advantage on the scoreboard as a Freddie Freeman RBI single plated Schafer to knot the game at 1-1 in the sixth.

‘Key to Atlanta’s success’

While Heyward’s overall numbers this season don’t necessarily jump off the page—he’s hitting just .253 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI—he has been red-hot as of late. The 24-year-old is hitting a blistering .359 with four homers and 10 RBI this month, so he will be key to Atlanta’s success moving forward.

The Braves will have to move on without Heyward during Wednesday’s game, and his status is unclear otherwise. Hopefully for Atlanta, its rising star won’t be forced to miss too much time due to this injury.

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Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: CBS Sports

Buffalo Bills Legend Jim Kelly Battling Jawbone Cancer

Buffalo Bills Legend Jim Kelly Battling Jawbone CancerLegendary Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will undergo surgery after being diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone.

‘Cancer is isolated’

According to a press release by his former club, the procedure will be performed on Friday, June 7, and his chances for a complete recovery are “very good.” Fortunately, the cancer is isolated in Kelly’s upper jaw and has not spread to other parts of his body.

Kelly thanked fans for their support and noted that his wife and children would be by his side on the road to recovery. He mentioned that he would appreciate any prayers going forward for himself and his family.

‘Toughest challenge yet’

This is unsettling news for Buffalo fans and NFL supporters around the globe. Kelly played for the Bills from 1986 through 1996 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Despite running up against some of best opponents in NFL history during those Super Bowl runs, the 53-year-old signal-caller may now be facing his toughest challenge yet. Hopefully, the surgery is successful and Kelly beats his cancer to make a full recovery and return to leading a normal life in short order.

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Source: Alex Kay, Bleacher Report

Image: Pro Football Hall of Fame