Quarterback Kevin Kolb said he is still having symptoms from his concussion, ones he obviously cannot play with, and while he will continue to work this week to see if they subside, his chances of returning for the season finale are shrinking quickly. He had a full psych exam Tuesday, which showed him a “little slow” in reaction times and processing information compared to his baseline tests earlier in the year.
“It basically just validates what we have been saying as far as symptoms,” Kolb said.
“There is a reason for some of the symptoms I have had,” he added. “Nothing serious, but something I can’t play with.”
Kolb shrugged off the idea he’d just shut it down this week, even though his chances to play are diminishing by the day. “You never know when you can help out,” Kolb said.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt emphasized the Cards continue to follow league protocols for concussions, but part of it is getting Kolb on the practice field and seeing how he reacts, which Kolb did again Wednesday in very limited work. All signs point to another John Skelton start (including Skelton doing a conference call with Seattle reporters). Kolb said the doctors have told him another two or three weeks of rest he should be fine.
Kolb noted that after talking with many players and ex-players who have gone through it, every concussion is different. That includes his own concussion in 2010, when he said he felt fine by the end of the following week. That hasn’t been the case this time.
— Cornerback Patrick Peterson didn’t practice with his bad Achilles. He too seems like a longshot to play, although Whisenhunt isn’t ruling him out. T Brandon Keith (ankle) and S Kerry Rhodes (ankle) were the other two to sit out. Rhodes could be back tomorrow, Whiz said.
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