‘Outsider’ Kevin O’Connor: ‘You’re a lot more comfortable’ in the NFL after ‘unexpected’ injury
Kevin O. O’Conner has been one of the NFL’s most versatile quarterbacks, making him a prime candidate to join the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, but he’s also earned a reputation for not taking his helmet off.
The former Oklahoma quarterback was hurt in the first half of the Chiefs’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the first game of the 2017 season.
Odom was hit by Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who had been targeting O’Connell during a one-handed catch.
OConnor immediately stepped up to the plate, but the Cowboys quickly recovered and came away with a 23-0 halftime lead.
O’Connell said afterward that he felt like he had to go through some things with the injury, but said he’s not too concerned.
He thinks he’s just going to be a lot better next year.
“It’s just a setback.
I think you’re a much better player,” O’Donnell said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“I think you’ll be much better next season.
I don’t know if I’m going to miss any games this year.”
O’Donnell played in 11 games with the Cowboys before suffering a torn ACL in November.
He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.
He played a role in the Cowboys’ Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks, which helped them reach the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Odom said the injury took its toll on his life.
O”I got a little bit of a shock,” he said.
“There’s no words to describe how much I’ve missed the team.
The support that the organization gave me, I’m just so thankful for that.”
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