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San Diego State QB O'Connell to have thumb surgery

Updated: September 3, 2006, 4:42 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State junior quarterback Kevin O'Connell will undergo surgery on Monday to repair ligament damage in his right thumb sustained in a season-opening loss to Texas-El Paso.

Coach Chuck Long wasn't sure how long O'Connell will be out.

"We feel bad for Kevin, but he will be back and we are hopeful that he will be able to return this season," Long said Saturday.

O'Connell was hurt in Thursday night's 34-27 loss to UTEP.

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