Even though he had a great 2015 campaign with the Cardinals, most believe he just wasn’t the same after the knee and elbow injuries. Some point to it as a mental issue, as evidenced with his launching of passes over receivers with frequency (i.e. not properly planting and letting the pass go early), while others will point to a roster breaking down around him.
Regardless of one’s stance, Palmer’s relationship with the Bengals ended with acrimony. And, aside from Von Oelhoffen’s semi-regrets, we’re left with a simple what could have been?.
For the Bengals, many believe that if Palmer hadn’t been hurt in that Wild Card contest, the team would have gone on and done great things. I’m not totally sold on that, given the amount of times this franchise has stumbled over its own feet, but, at a minimum, that contest would have been a coin flip if No. 9 played all snaps.
The owners of the Texans, and coach Bill O’Brien released statements, as well.
Hal’s Texans teammates also voiced their support.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have since returned. Berry was diagnosed in December 2014 and returned to earn Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2015. Conner was diagnosed as a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and returned as a senior.
Hal’s teammate in Houston, David Quessenberry, was diagnosed with non-Hogkin’s lymphoma in 2014 and rejoined the Texans in 2017.
G David Quessenberry, who beat non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, on Andre Hal It’s a shock and a terrible thing to go through, but he’s a fighter. He’s tough. He’s going to give it (lymphoma) hell, beat it and come back to play the game he loves.
Not only did the favored Patriots lose to the Eagles, they were bamboozled by them. That Eagles reverse-pass for a touchdown was a signature example of what the Patriots usually do to opponents: Get people flummoxed and win with creativity.