There was a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter this morning that Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is unlikely to play Sunday because of his foot injury and noted Kolb will not practice today. The players aren’t even on the field yet today, I’m not sure exactly who might’ve passed along info about Kolb’s practice plan. Nevertheless, Kolb acknowledged yesterday he wanted to try to play Sunday with limited practice work, but given his injury, “unlikely” has been the vibe all along anyway.
(Quick aside: This time last week, I thought Beanie Wells was unlikely to play too. Two totally different situations, and Kolb is gimpy, but you get the point.)
Kolb is in pain with his nasty turf toe (which means his ligaments are either sprained or torn down there, ouch) and Kent Somers reported he has a bone bruise and a mid-foot sprain as well. As Kolb himself mentioned yesterday — and which coach Ken Whisenhunt reiterated — Kolb’s ability to play is less about pain and more about the ability to perform. Kolb mentioned his passes could sail without the proper plant and drive off his injured foot. Already Kolb’s accuracy was something to watch.
In his first four games, Kolb completed 61.5 percent of his passes. The last three, it’s dipped to 50.5 percent. He wasn’t helped by his bad foot in Baltimore (he was only 10-of-21) or by drops (according to Stats, Inc., the Cards have dropped 14 of 145 “catchable pass attempts” this season, tied for 8th-most in the NFL.) That’s what the Cards have to measure.
Of course, if John Skelton plays instead, accuracy will still be something upon which to focus. In four starts last season, Skelton completed 40.5, 51.5, 44.0 and 56.0 percent of his passes (47.5 percent overall).
UPDATE: People were asking for the drops when Skelton played. According to Stats, Inc., in 126 pass attempts, receivers dropped 10 of 70 “catchable passes” from Skelton, which is a dropped pct. of 14.3%.
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