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MRI shows no tear on Peterson injury

Posted by Darren Urban on December 26, 2011 – 11:43 am

Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson was undergoing an MRI Monday morning to check out his Achilles injury, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was optimistic it wasn’t “too bad” and the coach also wouldn’t rule out Peterson playing in the season finale against Seattle. Whisenhunt said he wasn’t sure if it was a strain or just tendinitis, but the MRI should clear that up. Peterson was upbeat after the game — Whiz said Peterson even wanted to go back in in Cincinnati.

“We’re obviously going to be smart with it, but until we see what it says from the MRI, we don’t really know (if he can play),” Whisenhunt said.

UPDATE: The MRI revealed no tears and no surgery is needed to Peterson’s left Achilles tendon. He has some inflammation. He will take treatment and be reevaluated Wednesday as the practice week begins to see if Peterson has a chance to play in the finale.

The situation with quarterback Kevin Kolb is more sticky. He still has days when “little symptoms” come up with the concussion. “We’ve got to make sure we err to the side of caution,” Whisenhunt said. Most of the time Kolb feels good, Whiz said. But not always. Kolb “didn’t feel great” out on the field Saturday, and “that was the concern.”

One thing Whisenhunt made clear, whether it was Peterson or Kolb: Assuming health, he wouldn’t just hold a guy out against the Seahawks because it’s the last game of the season and the playoffs are no longer possible. “We wouldn’t put someone in jeopardy,” Whisenhunt said. “We never would. That doesn’t change the way you approach this game.”


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43 Responses to “MRI shows no tear on Peterson injury”

  1. By mark on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren are the cardinals lokking for someone to on the other side of pp… becasue pp is gonna be shutdown i love is aggression when it comes to bumping reciever off the line.. his comeback speed real nasty i like jefferson and marshall BUT to me they are more nickel package corners but not like pp everydown corner back.. cuz oUr DEFENSE FOR ONCE IS LOOKING LIKE A REAL FORCE TO DEAL WITH… BUT THEY JUST GOT TO WORK ON TACKLING I WANNA SEE HARDER HITS I WANT OTHER PLAYERS TO HURT AFTER THEY PLAY THE CARDINALS KINDA LIKE WE DID PHILLY WITH VICK AND THE BROKEN RIBS I BET IF WE PLAY PHILLY IN THE FUTURE VICK THINKS TWICE BEFORE RUNNING TO MY BOY PARIS LENON

  2. By ybone on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think Kolb will not be a cardiunal next year. Lots of money and with several concussions he shoulld follow in Kurts footsteps and quit. With what we know about long term damage to the brain i would quit. Can you imagine walking around for weeks and still not have your thoughts together.

  3. By Scott H on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Again, really no reason for Kolb to play at this point, especially if there are lingering symptoms from the concussion. What does he or the team gain from him playing in a season finale? He should rest now and continue to heal so he can be ready to roll at 100% in afew months. The injury thing with Kolb IS a concern. Hard to blame a player for concussions ( which is the same injury that knocked him out in the first week of the season last year in Philly ) but when a player seems prone to them…it’s problem when he is the QB and he may continue to miss time.

    On the other hand, I DO hope Peterson will be able to go and will be capable of one more big return!

  4. By SteveDCO on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    PP is not a lock to be a shutdown corner. Toler and PP with Marshall and Jefferson should be a nice DBfield next year along with Wilson and Rhodes.

    Cambell being resigned will be HUGE not just for talent but to see how serious this team is in building a SB winning team.

    I see another OLB with Porter moving on.

    The OL will be re-tooled.

    Another name WR will be brought in through the draft or FA but Fitz JR and SR need to understand all great WRS will make their #2s look better and teams aren’t going to over pay for a #2 being made better becuase of Fitz. Dallas did the same thing with Harper/ Irvin back in the 90′s.

    And propbably best of all, we will have a true QB competition in camp. Kolb/ Skelton will be great to see and better yet we will walk away with a very good QB leading this team.

    I’m already planning to head down to Flagstaff for a few days from Denver to catch camp next year. Should be an exciting year with very little distractions from contracts. lockouts etc.

  5. By Andy M on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    This situation with Kolb has nothing to do with his toughness. I agree with Scott H–there is absolutely nothing to be gained by having him play this week. If he were to get bopped in the noggin it could be career ending–or worse. I don’t think anyone can even say for certain that he he doesn’t have permanent long-term damage, already. If he were to play and have a weak game, it would be understandable given his lack of playing time during the past two months and the results would not reveal anything. If he had a good game, there is still going to be a competition between he and Skelton next year. Right now, it is a wash between the two (in terms of results)–why not just exercise due caution and give Skelton another data point?

  6. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve heard rumors that Levi Brown has been playing all season with concussion-like symptoms, but we all know that it’s not true ’cause that would imply he has gray matter to begin with.

  7. By Alex Mann on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Mark… Greg Toler returns next season so we’ll have a full house at DB.

  8. By Rich on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb starts next year. He is a good qb. He is our No.1. Skelton is a good, young No. 2.

  9. By Rich on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren – O line should get some props. Sacks are often the fauglt of our qbs. Once our qbs get more comfortable and experienced, the O line will look alot better. Maybe you can do an article about it…if you agree. I think our line is better than they have been given credit for. And Deuse looked pretty good last week.

  10. By Chris on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Mark –

    If Toler comes back from the knee injury without showing any lingering issues, I think he will match-up extremely well opposite of PP. Toler showed some real progress last season in his coverage considering he was thrown to a lot more than DRC and he definitely is great at tackling. Toler has the speed to make up for most mistakes too and is a big physical corner like PP.

  11. By Steve on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    What bugs me is that I’ve seen other QB’s like Brady, Rodgers, and Manning take harder blows to the head and either come right back or miss at the most 1 game while returning to play at an elite level. I’m not undermining concussions but Kolbs problems may be more than just physical. He reminds me some of Tim Rosenbach, the much ballyhoed QB prospect the Cards had back in the early 90′s who took himself out of games and then babied himself taking forever to come back from “injuries” Ultimately he just quit which I hope Kolb doesnt do because he does have talent.

  12. By Phoenixraven1 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Man these injuries have just swallowed up any chance of Kolb “showing” what he can do…

  13. By Peter in Canada on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    There has been some carping but after 4 straight wins and coming within a whisker of overcoming a 23 point deficit I think the future is bright.

    Kolb’s injury situation must be a concern and Skelton, despite having made great strides in two years remains inconsistent.
    Darren, with what you have seen so far, do you think management will gamble on the incumbents or try and bring in another potential first string QB?

  14. By Darren Urban on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Peter –

    RE: QB

    Another potential QB in what way? Drafting one in the first round? That doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. And free agency-wise, you probably won’t have anyone decent. It always sounds good to say “go get another potential starting QB” until you actually have to go and do it.

  15. By Canadian Red Bird on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    As much as I would dearly love to see Kolb lead this team, you can’t ignore that he is unbelievably prone to injury, which leads to everyones scepticism to what he can bring to the team. I get frustrated thinking that we have lost a very good cornerback in DRC and a potential game changer with our second round pick in 2012. The Kolb trade potentially has set our franchise back 2 years in its development. Someone ( Graves ) should be held accountable ; firstly with the trade itself and secondly for awarding any player, not necessarily just Kolb such a lucrative contract without any kind of proven track record. Oh well; have to remind myself that its just a game !!!!!!!!!!
    Go cards!!!!

  16. By Peter in Canada on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren – Thanx for the answer. I’m not suggesting they do or do not get a QB. I was just asking for your opininion. Staying with the incumbents and hoping at least one of the two continues to improve is an option and I am assuming that would be your choice.

  17. By tucsteve on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    wow. people still want skelton to start after those 3 quarters? to be a good starting qb you cant have just one good quarter. whats it gonna take to make people realize skelton isnt the answer

  18. By KDubADub1324 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Kevin Kolb will be the starting QB next year for AZ. He’s been in the NFL for 5 seasons and has had 2 concussions now. HOWEVER, he has never started a full season, and has not been exposed to a full season’s worth of beatings either. (With the Cards OL this season though, he probably does feel like he played an entire season, lol). With that said, I think he still has plenty left. Concussions happen and are no joke. Some are more severe than others, but I don’t think I would call Kolb “injury prone” yet. People act like he’s had a Troy Aikman type career, or like he gets pounded like Mike Vick. People need to stop questioning his toughness too. Remember when he got crushed in the Redskins game when he threw that long TD pass to Fitz? Dude got up juiced after that. Too many people are quick to judge him on this season though. He struggled and he didn’t perform as great as everyone would have liked him to, but I think there are other factors that contribute to that. I’m not going say it was not all his fault because he did have his share of mistakes. But I’m not going to write him off as a bust either. At minimum give him next season. If the defense plays next year like it has the last half of this season and he has some decent OL play, then I think he will reach his potential. If he stinks it up or if only lasts 7 games, fine. Then at that time you can reasonably say that he’s not the guy. But I think this off-season will be highly beneficial to him and he will come back strong.

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Canadian Red –

    RE: Kolb contract

    Kolb as pushing for a new deal with any trade; same as Orton was in Denver (which Miami declined to give, scotching that potential trade).

  20. By Darren Urban on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Peter in Canada –

    RE: QB

    I just don’t see where there is going to be a better option. I don’t spend my first-round pick on one.

  21. By Sarah on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think if Skelton had performed better in Cinci or won the game with last minute heroics he would be next year’s starter. Instead I think the Cards will try and rework Kolbs contract or cut or trade him.

  22. By Scott H on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wait…someone actually agreed with me??? ( Thanks, Andy )

    Ya know what? How interesting is it that we traded a 2nd round pick to get Kolb ( yes, along with DRC, I know )….and when Kolb was playing and we were losing a lot of games, it looked like that 2nd round pick was gonna be pretty sweet…now John Skelton is playing…and now we’ve won enough games that losing that 2nd round pick might not hurt so much…anyone see the irony of this???

    Thanks to Skelton, the Eagles are getting less in return for Kolb that they looked like they were gonna get!

    AND…hey, is it possible that Kolb was really just secretly working under-cover for the Eagles the whole time, trying to make sure that 2nd round pick would be real nice for them???

    Holy cow, think of the implications…

    I’ll stop now. BUT it is pretty cool that these 2nd half wins by the Cardinals have diminished the returns in the Kolb deal for the Eagles. If anyone needed something else to be happy about…there ya go.

    See, folks – I’m not really so negative after all.

  23. By Kevin S on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Exactly. We aren’t going to have a high pick this year. The QB’s worth getting (Luck, Griffin) aren’t going to be available by the time we pick, and it’s a crapshoot after that…. You can get lucky, as the Bengals seem to have done with Andy Dalton in the 2nd round, or you can spend the 10th pick on a guy like Gabbert who is leaving fans in Jax a little underwhelmed.

    And people act like if you need a QB, you just go get one like it’s the grocery store. Heck, we just did that with Kolb after the disaster that was 2010. Now we’re just going to do it again? Do people expect we’re going to end up with a Tom Brady-like QB by taking someone else’s reject?

  24. By joe holst on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    They should play Kolb the 1st three quarters of every game then bring in Skelton in the 4th:)

  25. By Eric Fontana on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren-

    You said that the trade wouldn’t have happened without the contract extension and the same was true with Orton to the Dolphins. With all due respect, what do you mean? I can’t really buy that. Kolb (and Orton) had no leverage. If Philly chooses to trade him, he has no choice. The only time where an incoming player’s contract is of consequence is when the recieving team (Cards in this case) wants to protect themselves, and get him signed.

  26. By Prashant on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    One interesting thing to note is that if we tie other times (quite likely) at, say 8-8 or even 7-9, we would probably pick first in the queue thanks to the weaker strength of schedule. Then we would cycle to the end of the queue, thus giving the Eagles a pick weaker by a few spots.

    That said, I wish the trade for Kolb had straight up been for DRC, or maybe DRC and a 4th round pick.

    With the Browns, Buccaneers, Redskins, Dolphins, Broncos, and perhaps the Jaguars all looking for better players at the QB position, the market for quarterbacks will remain tight.

  27. By Guillermo Rabling on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, do you have the list of which cardinals players willbe restricted and unrestricted free agents next season?

  28. By bluepitt on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    To be honest, if the D played in the 1st half of the season like they played in the second, We would be in the playoffs.. Kolb had some teams on the ropes but the D didnt finish. That being stated, I still think Kolb is injuryprone! or maybe not? Just takes forever to heal from a broken nail, like 6 weeks!!! HAHAHAHA
    Didnt DRC play with turf toe? and a broken hand?…….

  29. By Mr Angel on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Ya know, I would not mind if KOLB was not cardinal next year. Although skelton had a pitiful perfmormance, a full off-season of training to master the offense would make him legit. However, the last time KOLB did play ( against Dallas) he did fairly well. Oh well, looking forward to next season.

  30. By dan on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    With the limited amount of games Kolb has played in the NFL, he sure gets hurt a lot.

  31. By cardinalmark on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s do not forget that DRC has been injured this year as well. He also has not done all that well. So, that trade is still up in the air as to who got the best deal. Right now, the jury is still out on both players (Kolb, DRC). I do believe Kolb should be given an off season. After all, even Kurt Warner said it takes a full year to learn Wis’s system!! It is a nice one-two punch we have at QB. I am not for musical chairs in that position, however, both will improve in this system with a very good off season!! We still need OL help, which will help both QB’s.

  32. By DD90 on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Scott H

    You are clueless when you write your posts.

  33. By Rocky G on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    HEY PEOPLE… JUST A REMINDER!!!! HE DOSE NOT EVEN HAVE A FULL SEASON (16 GAMES ) OF EXPERIENCE YET !!! it’s called ROOKIE MISTAKES for a REASON!!! CAN”T YOU SEE THE POTENTIAL!!! ( WHAT CAN BE ) WITH MORE PRACTICE AND A OFF-SEASON… KOLB IS NOT THE ONLY QB TO BE LOCKED OUT… Give him an offseason.. All his fourth quarter stats.. the yardage.. td passes.. the wins.. calculate that out over four quarters… what would you have.. Another DREW BREESE??? NOT RIGHT NOW !!!!! HE HAS LESS THAN A FULL SEASON>> READING NFL DEFENSES>>UNDERSTANDING BLITZ PACKAGES>> PICKIN UP THE HOT ROUTE>> SEEING THIRD AND FOURTH READS IN THE PATTERN>>> And some people say .. HE IS NOT AN NFL QB… PLEASE>>> WHAT DO YOU WANT??? MARK SANCHEZ???? IF YOU NOTICED WHIZ IN THE CLIP.. Maybe it was just me… but when he spoke about ” when we fix our first half problems.. ( he said and we will ) we are gonna be a really good football team… seems he is pointing to fixing SKELTON IN THE FIRST HALF… SOUNDS LIKE HE IS COMMITTING TO THE POTENTIAL THAT HE SEES IN SKELTON.. LETS RESERVE JUDGEMENT… UNTIL THEY BOTH HAVE A FULL OFF SEASON TO WORK THROUGH.. OPEN COMPETITION AT CAMP.. THEN WE WILL SEE… I DON’T WANT TO MAKE LIGHT OF ANY INJURY.. BUT .. THIS MIGHT BE A MUTE ARGUMENT AFTER ALL… SEEING THE REPLAY AGAIN AND AGAIN.. IF HE IS HAVING THAT MUCH A PROBLEM COMING BACK FROM A GLANCING BLOW FROM A LINEMANS SHIN….WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN WHEN HIS HEAD HITS THE TURF LIKE MIKE VICKS DID A FEW TIMES??
    ONE MORE BLOW HE COULD BE OUT INDEFINETLY… MAYBE PERMANENTLY!!!
    THIS TYPE OF INJURY IS SERIOUS.. SOME SEEM TO BE MORE PRONE TO IT.. IT HAS ENDED A LOT OF GREAT CAREERS.. AIKMAN.. STEVE YOUNG… THE LIST GOES ON AND ON..

  34. By Darren Urban on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Eric Fontana –

    RE: Contract

    If you are the Cards, and you think he is the future QB and you are giving up a good CB and a second-round pick, are you going to make the trade with him having just one year left on the contract?

  35. By Darren Urban on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Guillermo –

    RE: FAs

    I will put together that list next week.

  36. By JHCards on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    If it is Ok, I would like to go ahead and point something out. Eventual replacements.

    2009 – Chris (Beanie) Wells, had to compete with Tim Hightower, Edgerrin James
    2010 – “Big” Dan Williams, had to compete with Bryan Robinson, Gabe Watson
    2011 – Now I will admit that Patrick Peterson never really had competition. But it could have been possible, with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Gregory Toler.

    Don’t you think that sometimes when you struggle in one position and not only that there is a fuel to talent in one position (quarterback), that you should pick up that possible “replacement”? Yes quarterback, Kevin Kolb had one of the worst seasons of his career not showing great numbers, along with lingering issues. Talent in which there is a Ryan Tannehill.

  37. By Darren Urban on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    JHCards –

    RE: Quarterback

    Not ruling it out. But is Tannehill there in round 3? Because I’m not spending a first-round pick on a QB and they don’t have a second-round pick. Besides, you pick a QB in the first couple of rounds, you have to assume it’s to eventually take over. Otherwise you are just wasting picks. Beanie came after Edge was cut. Williams was picked because they knew they weren’t going to want Robinson or Watson long-term.

  38. By JHCards on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ok granted yes, you don’t usually draft a quarterback unless your prepared to use him immediately, but are you telling me that if our situation was different of last year, where it wasn’t Patrick Peterson at pick 5, but instead we where at 12 and Christian Ponder or Jake Locker were available you wouldn’t take a chance on them? I think of it’s not about position but of the best player available. Do you really not think that the quarterbacks in this draft are the best players available because that can’t be true. We need to plan on winning, right? Obviously the defense can win with anyone behind the helm, but that doesn’t mean we should “settle”, then halfway during the season we doubt our decisions.

  39. By Darren Urban on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    JHCards –

    RE: QB

    QB is a totally different position, and drafted differently. You know Ponder and/or Locker will be better than Kolb? I do not. At the time, the Cardinals were not impressed enough with those guys.

  40. By JHCards on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Neither do I, but does it hurt to evaluate that position much more fluidly? Instead of hitting and missing? There are certain quarterbacks that fit different situations. Like Donovan McNabb and Minnesota Vikings, he was the quarterback who did so much for the Eagles. He showed great numbers. Kevin Kolb in the same situation with Philly, and was able to assist the Eagles when the Eagles were close to the post-season. Even Matt Cassell with New England, he stepped in at Kansas City and made the impact with the team to litterally bearly miss the playoffs. Now all three quarterbacks are showing flaws that weren’t seen before. Why is that? Where there has been only just a few situations where signing a quarterback instead of drafting has worked (Drew Brees in New Orleans, Kurt Warner in Arizona, and Brett Favre in Minnesota) but that isn’t me telling you that it works every single time with drafting (Matt Leinart). This is a proving point that we are taking too much of the win now, when sometimes it would be better to groom a quarterback instead of trying to put a stop-gap at the quarterback position.

  41. By Scott H on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    DD90 -

    Wow…that was brilliant. Any other earth-shattering insights you’d care to enlighten us with? Really, we can hardly wait.

    Maybe you’re just clueless when you read them.

  42. By BIG RED on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren, So let’s say the Cards win against Seattle and the girls from Dallas lose to New York, will the girls be coming again to the Big Toaster next year. Well, I see it as a big advantage for us, the reason cause we’ll get a bye, and have another practice game during the season. 4-0 baby!!!!!!

  43. By BIG RED on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey tucsteve, I’d like to see you in there for at least two minutes and see you melt like a marshmellow when you see all those lineman coming at you. He’s only 23 years old. What were you doing at 23 besides getting drunk and watching Pro Football on Sundays.

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