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Injury puts Kolb out “unspecified period”

Posted by Darren Urban on October 16, 2012 – 10:56 am

UPDATE: The Cardinals are saying that quarterback Kevin Kolb has cartilage damage in his ribs and an SC joint sprain which will keep him out “an unspecified period of time.” The CT and MRI results showed no fracture in ribs or sternum. I’m guessing coach Ken Whisenhunt will address the quarterback situation and Kolb in particular tomorrow during his normal post-practice meeting with the media.

It’s another difficult injury to Kolb, who has now had three significant injuries since arriving in 2011. Last year, torn ligaments in his toe and a foot injury kept him out several games, and then he had a concussion that ended his season. With his injury leaving him on the sideline for an unknown amount of time, I’m not sure if they will think about adding another QB or stick with John Skelton and rookie Ryan Lindley. Obviously Skelton’s ankle prevented him from being available for a few weeks and the Cards stuck with the status quo and just two guys. Kolb will be coming back, so you don’t need someone for the rest of the year, a la 2007 when the Cards tried to go with Kurt Warner and Tim Rattay after Matt Leinart’s season-ending injury and were caught when Warner got hurt the very first game they tried it.

At least the Cardinals are going to Skelton, a guy who they felt was doing well enough to give him the starting job coming out of training camp. But clearly, this is not the ideal situation and yet another injury the Cardinals have to overcome. It hasn’t been a good year for that.

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ESPN’s Adam Shefter is reporting that quarterback Kevin Kolb is going to be out a while. Quoting a “team source,” Shefter said Kolb will miss “several weeks” after he had multiple ribs detach from his sternum as well as suffering a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his chest area.


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83 Responses to “Injury puts Kolb out “unspecified period””

  1. By DontTakeLoses on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Man. Strap it on, in for rough ride.

  2. By Anna on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    I read a couple articles about making a trade for an O lineman, is this a serious consideration? If so, when? If not, how come? Love your blog, thanks for the updates.

    PS. Get better Kolb, Step up Skelton!

  3. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Anna —

    RE: OL trade

    I do not expect a trade.

  4. By Jon on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well it was a good run. Maybe we’ll have a top draft pick now and pick up a decent lineman or something. Always hope for the distant future. Gonna be hard to make the playoffs now in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.

  5. By hummer53 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I am forced to give a Hat Tip to Buffalo for rising from the dirt and battling hard for a win. Kudos to them.
    We battled hard again too but played poorly again at least on offense.
    After a tough loss you want to wash that out ASAP. A lot of people are mentioning who we are playing the next few weeks.
    That’s nonsense. We need total focus on the Vikings to make last week ancient history. We laid an egg there last year.
    Ponder didn’t look like a rookie. We need to make amends. Defense needs to hold Vikings to under 20 as a goal. No more 35 spot.
    Offense needs to help out those guys and get over 20 for this week. Special teams needs to bring back some magic.
    Let’s get a total team effort and make that return plane ride happy. This is the fork. Which way do we go. #birdgang

  6. By Gerald Jones on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Very sorry to read that news. I hate to see anyone get hurt. Best wishes to Kevin for a complete recovery.

  7. By beardinals on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    That 4 or 5 win season seems more and more likely as time goes on.

  8. By Chris on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    There should be fines issued to the fat a_ _ Bills players that landed on Kolb after he fell to the ground. Hang in there Kevin, the team is an offseason away from securing the O-line to help you out.

  9. By cheesebeef on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    Man… Kolb is a mentally tough SOB for continually taking a pounding, but his body is about as tough as peanut brittle. The guy just always seems to get hurt. Do you think Kolb’s inability to stay healthy throughout his entire career (literally, he’s gotten injured and missed considerable time in every season he’s been a starter) will play a large role in the team keeping him on the roster next year at a cost of 9 million dollars?

    Cheese

  10. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cheese —

    RE: Next season

    Obviously, it has to be a factor.

    But the Cards have to have an alternative plan in place, also obviously. The draft will be interesting.

  11. By DontTakeLoses on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Jon: true, but never say never… maybe the D can win one or two and he comes back in 3…

  12. By Brian on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    All is not lost. As Darren said, Skelton was good enough to earn the starting job out of camp. I do think Kolb was playing well and I feel bad for the guy. But I also believe Skelton has the ability to win as well. He proved it last year and if the defense can continue to hold opponents under 20 points per game, we should be able to pull off a few more wins this year and be in the hunt at the end of the season. He will get first team reps again starting this week and his timing w/ his receivers will come back.

    And to everyone who was saying we need to stick with Skelton and cut Kolb, this season has shown exactly why that idea was never even considered by the front office. Skelton got hurt and Kolb came in and won 4 games, 3 as a starter. Now Kolb is out, hopefully Skelton can have the same success.

    Get better soon Kevin, at this rate we are going to need you again in about 5-6 weeks…

  13. By Rick on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well I bet we`ll see Lindley before the season is over. That offensive line is horrible! Tom Brady would have been out for the season if he was playing behind our line. Get well soon Kolb you will be missed these upcoming games.

  14. By j on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cards are 4-2, listed as 1st in our div… Skelton is a good QB, he will get the job done and excell at it, after all he is our #1 QB, Kolb was just in for injury, now its back to first group. I do not see a loosing season now, infact i see the cards winning the division. Kolb did an excellent job coming in as backup for the first 6 games basically getting us 4 wins!! Wow, i mean look at the niners, and seahawks they are the same record and thats with there main personal. Sometimes i feel Cardinal fans are so fast to jump ship, they complain and never see the glass half full. One more thing as to why i see us winning div… Pow Pow Powell, this back is it, why hasnt he been in sooner! 2 huge games in front of us and i feel a win in both of them, by the bye week Cards will be sitting on top of the west at 7-3, then finishing season as the 2nd seed in the NFC at 11-5. Watch it happen!!!

  15. By nodavis2000 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Man oh man …

    That sucks. But it couldn’t be helped with the little protection he’s gotten in the last three games. Good luck on a speedy recovery Kolb!!!

    It’s time for Skelton to step up. I honestly believe that these next few games will decide who the starter is when Kevin comes back. Kolb has played well all year. A couple mistakes yes, but overall has played pretty good. (considering the protection or lack thereof.) If John plays average, even if he wins, I think that will solidify Kolb’s hold on the starting position. #19 will have to play lights out to “win back” the starting job.

    Darren, would you agree or disagree with my last statement about John’s play needing to be really good in order to regain the starting job??? (because let’s admit, Kolb has done a pretty good job)

  16. By cdj on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    hey darren any news on how some of our injured players rehab is going? like levis and bridges and such?

  17. By D on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    The draft, the way they finish the season and draft position will determine what they go after in the first round, either QB or OT, not to mention other areas that need addressed in rounds 3 and 4 like Guard and RB…

  18. By MIKE G on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren– Ashame about Kolb and his injury. Kolb’s ability to stay healthy is definitely a question mark. Fortunately Skelton is back and will start against the Vikes. I thought the Card’s would have both QB’S playing this year. Skelton will get the reps this week. Injuries are always key and hopefully they can overcome them. Card’s have to account for Allen this week– he will be coming hard off the edge just like Chris Long. I’m sure their game plan will focus on that. This is a big game this Sun-would love to see the Cards get this game. You never want to lose 3 in a row. Hey Darren–I think our sacks taken will decrease with Skelton as QB -John just can’t turn it over- I think he is a little more comfortable with the offense then Kolb is at this point. Do you think that is true???

  19. By rufus on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    If the Cardinals again fail to make the playoffs this year, the heat will be Whisenhunt and Rod Graves for the poor choices they have made at QB (Kolb, Derek Anderson) which has hobbled this team’s progress.

  20. By NYCardinals on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    The last couple years, I have really enjoyed watching Coach Whisenhunt’s post game press conferences in their entirety. Aside from the Card’s Daily Reports, I have seen only one full press conference posted this season. I miss them. Will they be posted in the future?

  21. By Jerry on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve had broken to ribs before and it took a good 8-10 weeks to heal so he may be out for the rest of the season. Fans need to give Skelton some slack. A good week of practice will bring him back on top. Skelton can rally this team, look at what be did to the 49er last year when they were at their best. Besides what choice do we have.
    Darren, I think our o line has been suffering since Todd Heap has been out, any news on his recovery and return?

  22. By Gabriel on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    As a Cardinal fan I can’t say negative things about Wiz’s pick to start Skelton at the beginning of the season. Kolb did ok in his time in but missed too many TD throws for my taste. Skelton will do better against tougher teams since nothing seems to faze this guy, and I still believe the Cards not only win the Division but are the best team in it. And about time the OC started calling smarter plays to the outside getting the thin o-line we have a chance to beat their man. It aint all the qb’s or O-lines fault if the OC keeps letting defense’s tee off on them.

  23. By scubasteve12 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    What will it take for people to understand skelton is horribly inaccurate and dosent get the ball out any faster than kolb. Were still gonna be seeing 5 – 8 sacks a game with skelton. and more int. also kolb lasted 5 games to skeltons less than 1 game. what do you skelton fans have to say about that?

  24. By Mary bone on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    First and of most importance, thank goodness Kolbs injury is not something more serious. Skelton was originally picked as our “starter” and the kid Lindley has alot going for him….Come on Cardinals Fans…show a little support for our team..was very sad to see “fans” streaming out of the stadium before the game was over. Love my Cardinals no matter what..Great game #58 & #33!!!

  25. By sarah on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Memo to John Skelton :

    Please don’t throw into double coverage unless it is Fitz, also errand passes need to stop ! Good luck to Kevin K as ribs take a long time, I was tough on him but he turned it around ( not last two games ), last season a bust. We will need serious OL protection in Minneapolis and a running game to keep em honest, catches have to be not dropped !

  26. By Ricky on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton gets injured, Kolb comes in 6-8 for 66 yards and a touchdown. Kolb gets hurt, Skelton comes in 2-10 45 yards and an interception. I hope Kolb is okay.

  27. By sarah on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    ” At least the Cardinals are going to Skelton, a guy who they felt was doing well enough to give him the starting job coming out of training camp. But clearly, this is not the ideal situation and yet another injury the Cardinals have to overcome ”.

    Umm re. the above, what are you implying before I read more into it ? Sounds a bit bias to be honest.

  28. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    nodavis —

    RE: Skelton as starter

    With today’s news it may be a moot point for a while.

  29. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    cdj —

    RE: Rehabs

    I assume all is going OK. Once a guy is down for the season, it’s a long, long time before the can get on the field again.

  30. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Skelton vs Kolb

    I think generally, I expect fewer sacks with Skelton but more risk-taking and probably more interceptions, because John usually tries to make some things happen. We’ll see.

  31. By gozona on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    can anyone tell me why are own william powell started runnin the crud out of the ball and we decide to throw a pass over the middle into double coverage….? i mean we figured out what wasnt workin and found things that would…awesome…more housler….its the bills….im sorry i know im not there but i love our guys and hate to see things happen like this that shouldnt….kinda like throwin a three yard pass when its fourth and goal…….m usually never negative and i know well get it but ouch….. i just want the cards to get respect they deserve…..WELL BE BACK ….GO ZONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    NYCardinals —

    RE: Pressers

    We could look into doing post-gamers. But other than those and Mondays, no. Not fully.

  33. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Jerry —

    RE: Heap

    http://blog.azcardinals.com/2012/10/15/kolbs-ribs-sore-mri-coming/

  34. By rojobird on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mr KOLB thanks for the good run… sorry about your injuries. I wish you a quick recovery…

    Its so fustrating to see that all the beating KOLB has taken finally took its toll (I think he was probably playing with pain but didnt say anything..)

    WHIZ and all the offensive coaches are responsible for what happen to KOLB. Its WEEK 6 and they still have not found a way to keep the QB safe and upright. All of them have a resposobility with the team and fans to play the best week in and week out but we seem to always fall a little short. Yeah some players are not performing to their potential but it is the coaches responsability to make sure they perform and if they dont give someone else a chance. After all they are NFL PLAYERS and given the chance will do what it takes to WIN.

    I really hope Skelton learned something while in the sidelines otherwise he will be next. GOOD LUCK SKELTON!! May god keep you safe because the Oline and coaches can’t……

    Darren do you see if we actually have any hope of fixing the Oline either internally with the players we have or via signing someone sooner rather than later??????

  35. By John on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Kurt walked through the door to play out the few games that Kolb is scheduled to be out??? I know a guy like Favre would do it.

  36. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    rojo —

    RE: OL

    I could see them signing someone, although I wouldn’t be expecting a savior to walk through the door.

  37. By SteveG on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    My impression was that Kolb was, despite an O-line of dubious quality, growing into the role and asserting all his skills (witness the rushing yds. Runs that were decisive and for purpose even when forced upon him…) as well as a command of the scheme and comfort with his supporting cast (even tho depleted by injury)…A blow to the team for sure and annoying to see his growth halted by injury again. Good luck and all support to John….GO CARDS!

  38. By NJAzCardsFan on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb’s injury must be a very painful one for him. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
    It would be smart for Whiz and Co. to start to line up out of work QB’s. With this porous line there could be a tremendous attrition rate for the Cards QB’s……..

  39. By 4 n 12 Cards on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the ’13 draft looking like and how many weeks till OTA’s?

  40. By conrad on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Heal Kolb but we will have ride out Skelltonfrom here on out I belive in Skellton.

    Go CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. By alberto on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    lookin more and more like we dropped the ball by not signing peyton and dropping kolb

  42. By someguy on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    with all the emphassis on the tackle spot has it gone completly unnoticed that Snyder has been just as bad if not worse than the guys on the outside? at this point might it be best to through Senio out there and let him take his lumps? if someone is going to be out there making all the M.E’s and getting beat everyother play shouldnt it atleast be someone who needs the devlopment?

  43. By blaxabbath on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren-

    How has Lindley been progressing in his back up role? Can’t imagine he is taking many reps but, should he need to take the field, what should we expect to see?

  44. By joe67 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Unforseen problem…….No decent FA Qb is going to come here and play behind this line. Analysts all over are laughing and calling this the absolute, by far, the worse line in the league. And as mad as I get when I read that stuff, I really can’t argue. Bad part is, they don’t seem to be improving.

    Where is Jim Hannifan when we need him.

    O-line players get less attn than anyone, but when you see this, you realize how important they are.

    Four BIG possible losses staring us in the face. Lets just go 2-2 in this stretch, and we will have a chance at playoffs.

  45. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    someguy —

    RE: Senio/Snyder

    I think it’s a little early in the season to throw in the towel and let rookies “take their lumps.” I get that you are saying Snyder is no better, but I’d guess the coaches feel differently.

  46. By Alan on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Just want to wish Skelton well and send some positive Mojo his way..Let’s hope the Cards are smart enough to run Powell some more and help John out…

  47. By Darren Urban on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    blax —

    RE: Lindley

    You are right, he hasn’t been getting a ton of reps. And if he had to play, I’d expect someone to be swimming, just like an inexperienced sixth-round QB would expect to look.

  48. By Chuck 1 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb’s injury can be laid at the feet of Rod Graves (as possibly Skelton’s potential injury will be later this season).

    The reason: Graves (and Michael Bidwill) paid millions to Kolb to be the Cards’ top QB, BUT FAILED TO SIGN OLINEMEN TO PROTECT HIM (or Sketlon, Bartell or Lindley)!!

    Drafting a WR #1 in this year’s draft??? UNFREAKING BELIEVABLE, KNOWING THAT THE OL WAS INADEQUATE.

    But, that’s what happens when the philosophy is to draft ‘THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE” (which I’m sure will happen in 2013.

  49. By D on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb and Next year.

    The positiives of Kolb being out for a long period of time gives the Cards the rest of the season to decide on Skelton and get Lindley some playing time while the losses will add up. I like Kolb, but I think his fate could be sealed with his injury history and his 9 mil salary next year. I think he will not be back next year-fair or not fair)- Skelton will provide good backup experience and is a nice QB to bridge to a high draft pick in the spring. There is a reason why Lindley fell to the 6th round, he is a several year project. This recent Kolb injury will change the draft for the Cards in the spring.

    2013 Draft
    Round 1–Dallas Thomas OT TN. (they have to build the line first–top 2 QB’s will be gone by the time AZ drafts-and AZ has shown that they focus on value)
    Round 2–Landry Jones. QB OK–strong arm, nice size and great value in round 2-Skelton can start the year, but Landry could replace him as the starter next year.
    Round 3– S. Taylor RB Stanford. Great value in round 3. Can compete with Williams, Hyphen and Powell which should give AZ a solid four back field. (trade Beanie–can’t make the club from the tub)
    Round 4– O. Uzzi. RG GT. Replacement for Synder.
    Round 5– M. Goodman DE Clemson. Youth needed to backup for a few yrs at DE

  50. By Sackman on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    We are tied for 1st place in the division, and the season is far from being over. I can’t believe some are talking about next years draft. ONE game at a time please! Kolb did better than what I thought he was going to do. But he was no offensive machine, points came from the help of our defense and spurts of good quarterback play. He was afraid he was going to through interceptions too much, in which I think caused some of the sacks. Skelton will take more risks and we will start to score more points with that. The season isn’t lost yet, wait to week 13 or so and then start talking about next years draft. Have faith and stay faithful!!! Go CARDS!!!

  51. By johnnybluenose on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    too bad about kolb but for those who are blaming the o-line for his latest injury you can just stop. kolb got hurt because william powell failed to pick up an audible and kolb chose to scramble to try to get some positive yards. the o-line had nothing to do with it. i feel badly for kolb and for powell. that one play probably cost us the game and could very well end up costing us a play-off spot. in fact, i’m certain of it.

  52. By Ric Amidei on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Bears just cut Chris Williams their 2008 first round draft choice. I know that he is no great shakes but is he better then the Cards offensive linemen.

  53. By mal on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Some of the fans who post on here are incredible. I cant believe theyre giving up on this season already!

    The Cards are 4-2, in first place in our division, and our starting QB is healthy again and will start the next game.

    Kolb will be back, and we have the Bye Week thrown in there to buy some time. We could get both Beanie and Kolb back around the end of November, just in time for our push to the playoffs. The situation is not ideal, but its far from a catastrophe, either.

  54. By Chuck 1 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I would be surprised if the Cards do not draft in the top 10 in 2013.

    I don’t believe that Skelton will be able to finish the season without another injury that will keep him out of action for more than one game.

    For those Pollyannas out there who believe that the Cards will finish this season with a record of 11-5, 10-6 or 9-7, GOOD LUCK.

    I can only hope that I’m wrong.

  55. By Eric G on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone who thinks any quarterback would have been better is a moron. They would have been beat up too and probably would be injured as well. If we had signed Peyton, his neck would be broken by now. Clearly, the Cards, for the 25th year in a row, need to upgrade their offensive line. That is their #1 priority in the offseason. Need two tackles and a guard.

  56. By tentpeg107 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Darren-

    Assuming Adam Scheftner’s report is right, we’ve lost Kolb for almost the rest of the season.

    It doesn’t matter how good your training staff is, the only thing is rest. He said about the “strained sternoclavicular joint” that it would be better to break it. That would heal more quickly. As it stands, the team is Skelton’s, period.

    I don’t see the Cardinals keeping kevin beyond this year.

  57. By Jesse Robles on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton! next up, time to watch someone step up in the pocket, instead of running right, left or fall to the ground. This offense needs a spark, and it is never going to come from Whiz play calling. They need an actual O Coordinator, like they needed an actual D Coordinator until the Cards got one.

  58. By Kevin S on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sarah —

    Cut Darren some slack for Pete’s sake. He commented that the injury to Kolb is not the “ideal situation” and “yet another injury the Cardinals have to overcome,” but that at least we were going to Skelton, who had won the job out of training camp. How is that biased? Skelton was out for a month, and now our backup QB for the foreseeable future, behind a guy who just hurt his ankle and who will be QB’ing behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, is a 6th-round rookie. I think it’s safe to say this is not an “ideal situation.”

  59. By Kevin S on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d never wish an injury on Kolb or any other Cardinal, but Skelton being back in charge for however long it is will clearly give this board plenty of fodder. If he goes 12-23 with 2 INT’s and 114 yards but we eke out a 3-point win (see STL last year), his fans will be talking about how Skelton just wins games and his detractors will be talking about how it was the D, or luck, or special teams that saved us.

    I’d rather have Kolb than Skelton in there, but if Skelton is the man, then he has my support. And I’m ready to be converted into a believer if we’re still in first place 4 games from now. Quite the schedule he’s walking into.

  60. By Scott H on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    NOT a good injury for a QB. And for kolb, just another in a growing list of injuries that keep him off the field. Sigh…So, Skelton gets another chance at this. I’m hoping for a change of fortunes but Skelton will not provide that by himself.

  61. By j on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    chuck1 your wrong, hope is for uncertain people…

  62. By Discouraged fan on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    This is sad. Somebody can get killed behind this O line. Literally. I don’t understand it. We pick up Williams 2nd rounder and Floyd 1st rounder. Yet we can protect or provide time to get either of these individuals a chance to make a play. Without an O line we have nothing. All of the other teams in the NFL invest millions of dollars protecting their qb and opening running lanes. Us? No way. We get mad at Deuce because he shows up out of shape and cut him. I guarantee you that an overweight Deuce is better than anything we have right now. Hands down. He was a great run blocker and average pass protection. Now horrible and beyond horrible!

    What happens when we lose a qb to a neck injury or a running back because they are crushed by opposing defenses. Will Whiz admit that he endangered their lives? At what cost? No more drafting for best available. O line needs huge work or we will never get back to the playoffs. Remember everyone Kurt walked away from 12 million because the Cards refused to upgrade the O line. Let’s not forget that Peyton Manning walked away as well. If we had a good O line both of these scenarios would have been different. Instead? We have Floyd who we can’t get time to the the ball in his hands…and Williams…well we all know and saw the hit he took. We all saw the hit Kolb took too. Ridiculous. Quit ripping off the fans with your “quest for perfection” and throwing a 2nd string fullback under the bus for spiking that ball. Did you see King false start? Did you see Howling drop a screen that had potential for huge gain? Did you see Roberts drop a 60 yard completion? Please Whiz the fans are smarter than this…Don’t throw Reagan to the wolves. Don’t make him your scapegoat. Be more of a man than that!

  63. By BIG RED on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    John Skelton its your time to shine and shut up all this idiots that don’t believe in you. May KK have a speedy recovery with the rest of all the other injures. Oh! and I rather have Skelton in there than Kolb. Let’s just hope we keep winning and get to the playoffs.

  64. By philly cards on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    Snake bitten again.last time this happened (falling from 4-2) we got a new coach.its not that whiz is a bad man or is dumb he could get another job.
    I think we need a new set of eyes.someone who can do what whiz did for dennis green.
    This team has hit a wall and the standings don’t yet reflect it.

  65. By G. Witt on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    A speedy recovery Kevin. You have more guts that anyone I can think of. I can’t think of many QB’s that could take the pounding that you have over the last few weeks.

  66. By Jason Marcus on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    I will be honest I do not know who I like better anymore both get hurt too much and we all know why, Skeletor seems too last longer because of his size but man can he look terrible sometimes pics- safeties – general inconsistency ,I thought Kolb took back his job, but now here comes a 2-3 week injury, if you are a fan it is frustrating I feel bad for Kolb.

  67. By KDubADub1324 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    All I say is Kolb has been the main reason for the Cards offense. Yeah, he hasn’t been perfect, but I’ts annoying how people actually think Skelton will bring a “spark.” Kolb’s pocket presence has vastly improved compared to what we saw from him last season and this preseason. Think about this: Skelton goes down, Kolb comes in and goes 6-8, 66 yds and a game winning touchdown. Kolb goes down, Skelton comes in and goes 2-10, 45 yds and a game losing pick. Yeah, so much for a “spark.” Kolb has looked a hell of a lot better than Skelton. I like Skelton and I think he can do some good things, but I’m a fan of the TEAM, not any one PLAYER, and that goes for Kolb as well. I prefer Kolb still, and I base it on his play rather than on any personal feelings because I don’t have any towards either guy. Too many people have this infatuation with Skelton that is quite annoying, kind of like the Tebow crap. No matter whether you personally like Kolb or Skelton, the better guy should play, but both guys should be supported because they are part of the TEAM. And I support both. I just wish one of these guys could stay on the field and play solidly so this whole “QB competition” can be put to rest.” Kolb was on track, but now HERE WE GO AGAIN

  68. By rdixon50 on Oct 16, 2012 | Reply

    6-8 weeks – that is tough. Kevin, get well as soon as you can. John, it’s your baby for the forseeable future. Scramble up field lke Kevin did against the Bills. But slide before you get hit.

  69. By bluepitt on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Am I missing parts of this? Whiz did not ever say John Skelton was the 2012 starter! He said “John would start Game 1 ” and we would go from their! That is what I and several Fans got out of it!
    So what the Cards have done here was get A Kid that had 18 games played in and under 15 starts gave him a huge pay day! failed to give him A O-Line and expected him to do what? Well he had us at 4-0? and yes I said 4-0 not 3-0 he won the Sea Chicken game! Skelton was in stall mode! Didnt score 1 TD in that game. We all know what I thought of Kolb going in to this season! But you can take Skeltons 15 games played in AZ VS Kolbs 15 played and see who is the better QB by a mile!
    PROOF:
    Kolb in all AZ stats (15G)///// Skelton in all AZ stats (15G)
    Rat: 83.6//////////////Rat:64.2
    Pct:58.6///////////////Pct:51.7
    TD’s///////////////////// INT’s
    Kolb=17TD’s to 11Int’s
    Skelton=13TD’s to 18Int,s
    Points scored:
    Kolb=119
    Skelton=91
    ALL things being equal 15 games played!!!!!!!!
    So when Skelton actually does a thing worth note please tell me you can only ride the D for so long!!!!! Se 2011…..

    Proof is in da pudin!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. By tyman on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Too bad to hear about kolb. The thing with kolb is hes always one more big hit from being done for a season, kind of scary as a cards fan to see that hit. I think right now more than anything else the play calling is really hurting the offence. I said on here last week that it would be nice to see some trick plays, and ill give the coaching some props for trying a few, but we need to mix up the first down play calling. Its been run on first down quite a bit. It looks like teams are attacking the run so maybe a pass or play-action short easy play would be a good call early next week vs. the viks. I cant really see us pinning the ears back and running all over the vikings in their place.

  71. By Jetstreamgreen81 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I feel bad for Kolb but this will be Skelton’s time to take charge and see if he can learn or if we need to go in another direction. Once again, we have a coach that doesn’t make adjustments to help in coverage and plays a 3rd down back and tries to ram him up the middle when Powell clearly outplayed him. This week is do or die and they must win this game. No doubt about it. Stay with the run and establish Powell with the run and LSH with screens. Give the Tackles help in blocking and go out and do what I think they can do win the damn game. Skelton has a good arm and pocket presence and I think the skys the limit. We must play good d and limit AP and Harvin. I wish Whi would shake up his coaching staff like Reid is doing. Actually bring over Castillo who was the oline coach for the Eagles for several years. We know Grimm can’t cut the mustard here. Ready to see how it goes Sunday.

  72. By azcardfanIA on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    LONG TIME READER, FIRST TIME POSTER:

    im 38 years old and have been a cardinals fan for about 32 years. we all know that this is the best start that we’ve had in my lifetime. im excited! or at least i was excited until i read this garbage!

    who runs this webite?? if i were you, i would block ALL of the ignorant posts that come in.

    to coaches and players: i have faith in you and most of the decisions you make. also- if you actually read these posts (which im sure you dont for the very reasons im talking about)- STOP! with all the negative energy coming from these sad people you are bound to be drawn into their vicious circle of debbie downer land!

    KOLB- best of luck to you with your recovery! i was excited when you went in for vick and also when you came to AZ. YOU ARE A TOUGH MAN!! i cant imagine any other QB’s that could fair as well as you have!

    SKELTON- its your turn again and i believe you have what it takes to be a franchise QB! finish just like last year baby!! only this year we make the playoffs!

    POWELL- good for you to come in and take advantage of your opportunity!! job well done and hopefully you will keep on keepin on!!

    URBAN- great job with articles and updates! but who do you keep your cool when you have so-called fans comment the way they do??

    TO THE COMMENT ABOUT SPIKING THE BALL- he should be benched!! as a matter of fact- i have no idea why coaches let some of these players celebrate the wya they do ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR NOT LEADING THE GAME!!!!! i cussed him out more than WHIZ and i normally dont cuss!!

    FEELY- YOU ARE AWESOME! 61YDS BEAUTIFUL!! forget about the one you missed (which i understand is easier said than done) but you will be able to get your game winner and be the hero again!!

    TO ANYONE THAT IS OFFENDED BY MY POST: i dont care. this is my team and i will support them and never talk that way that most of you people do. its gross!

  73. By Red cards on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    slow down Skelton was out for 5 weeks a little bit different

  74. By KKfan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Didn’t want to read this. I was hoping it was nothing more than a bruised rib. That a week would be enough of a recovery period. The man is snake bitten. He never sustainded injuries in his 4 yrs as the QB in collage They weren’t even half as talented as these NFL Oline man are suppose to be. He comes to the NFL and it’s one injury after another. Luck just doesn’t seem to be on his side.

    I’m an Eagles fan, and also a Kolb fan. I’ve made that known in all my posts here. I don’t see Skelton being anymore effective than what Kolb has been able to be with this O line. And the play calling.

    Being bigger doesn’t make you tougher. From past posts I’ve read both here on the blog and on the mb, when John got hurt he carried on like he had broken his ankle instead of just spraining it. Many thought he had torn an acl or something as serious .Kevin got the holy crap knocked out of him, bloodied and pounded into the ground, for three straight weeks, yet not a whimper came out of him.. So tell me again what size has to do with toughness.

    Get well Kevin, and hopefully the next team you go to ( and I’m confident there wil lbe one) cause you ‘ve shown that you can be an effective game manager, Maybe the next place you will have much better protection and luck than what you’ve had so far in your career.

    I’ll be checking in to see how John does. It’s hard for me to wish him luck being a Kolb fan, but I do. He is going to need it!.

  75. By BIG RED on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Your pudin must be rotten, just like your brain. C’mon man think about the team not one player. I’m guessing you must be related to kolb in some way. On track, WOW!

  76. By Matt W. on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    So what i want to know is why the Cardinals didnt make Buffalo do the traveling before they played us? its rediculess to let them get their rest-whats the purpose of having HOME FEILD if you are letting the oponent practice on your turf? If it were me, Buffalo would have MAXED OUT their Frequent Flying Miles to come play us!!! Bad ownership dessisons. I was born in Wilcox,AZ but I live in Dallas, and I have been a Cards fan since 1990. Jerry Jones would have DIED before another team the Cowboys are about to play gets to hang out anywhere NEAR the DFW to get comfortable!!! Come on, take advantage of your opritunities!!! U think Buffalo is gonna let us use their feild to practice on when we go to play the Jets-i dont think so!!!!!

  77. By caleb perry on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    if skelton can go 4-0 like kolb did.. wait 3-0 like kolb did and take ah beating wit that O-Line then let me kno.!

  78. By Chuck 1 on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    j,

    I am certain about a couple of things.

    #1: Without a MUCH better OL this season (or, for that matter any time in the future), and
    #2: Until the Cards start drafting for NEEDS instead of “the best player available”,
    the Cards will be VERY LUCKY to be in the playoffs (unless they have a QB like Kurt)

  79. By dennis on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Skelton if he can stay healthy will do just fine in spite of our O LIne. The key I think is play calling and then execution. You can’t drop passes, miss handoffs etc. and expect to win. Skelton I always felt has good pocket presence and feels the rush. Now call plays that play to his strengths. Some quick slants, play action passes etc. I also feel LSH is too small to be a every down back. More of a situational player, screens, maybe a slot receiver. He needs space to be effective.
    Powell seems to have a good upside and I would also like to see Alfonzo Smith get a chance to play. What about Rashad Johnson? He played running back in College and sure looked quick on the fake punt. Maybe another situational player.
    With 10 games to go a lot can happen. We need to have some creative thinking and maybe a little smoke and mirrors on offense.

  80. By bluepitt on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    @ Big Red,
    hahaha dude you need to get it right, ask Darren how I felt about Kolb!!! hahaha Im just sick of the “Skelton Fans” trashing Kolb and puting Skelton above him! Kolb proved all I need to know to ride or die with him, just like Warner did when I was defending him VS McCown & ol Matty! when all you people wanted McCown in when we played at Clam Bake Stadium, and I quoted Warners stats (we had the #1 passing O in the NFL when warner was in) I sat and argued at UPS in 2006 with a fan telling him we get to the playoffs with “Warner” in and almost got laughed out of the section! Ill ride or die with Skelton when he is in and playing,(but prefer Kolb) I wont candy coat it in here! Let a SF Fan talk about any of my cards and see what happens (kind of like how I hate my brother, but you better not talk bad about him or mess with him. Only I can do that) LOL

  81. By The everlasting Kolbstopper on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    @big red

    Ironic how you say “think of the team, not one player” when you have been the biggest Kolb basher here the past 5 weeks (well you and Sarah). Practice what you preach dude, otherwise your words don’t mean anything.

  82. By Matt W. on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    We will get revenge over the vikings from last year! I will be jamming to this song before the game to pump us up!!!! http://youtu.be/c2uW_lg2is0 Go Cardinals. We are so much more tallented than we have shown the last 2 games- WE WILL BEAT THE vikings and WE WILL BEAT THE 40 WHINNERS AND TAKE A 2 GAME LEAD OVER THEM!!!! Thats just the start to our superior run to the play offs. Offence protect, Run the ball, Receivers get physical, cause u know what our D will do for us!!!! PLEASE, OH PLEASE, IF we get first and goal-RUN POWELL!!!!! Worst case, we get 3 points and not an intro-

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