It was interesting Wednesday, as Kevin Kolb talked about his ribs injury and how his recovery has slowed of late, Kolb referenced the idea that some aren’t sure if he would even want to come back and play, especially with the Cards in the straits they are in. Kolb wants to return — I didn’t really doubt that, and he is genuine in talking about his frustration in not coming back — but I was impressed he could connect dots in what people might be wondering.
But when you listen to exactly what he is going through, what his body is going through, it’s almost surprising he is considering a return.
“A lot of the (slow recovery) goes back to the injury itself,” Kolb said. “The way that my ribs are broken, they aren’t completely healed.
“Whenever the cartilage broke, (the ribs) are laying underneath my sternum. That’s how they are trying to heal, rather than healing where it’s butted up straight against it like a normal cracked rib, flush with each other, mine are laid underneath there. That’s what extends the process.”
Eventually, Kolb’s insides will heal — not like they were before, but nothing that will hurt him long-term, apparently — but unlike a bone that will heal in virtually a set amount of time, the cartilage aspect along with the placement has complicated matters. He dismisses thoughts of not being able to return, even though the odds to come back seem longer at the moment. Throw in the team’s losing streak, and it’s no wonder Kolb — who has been practicing on a limited basis — talks about approaching rehab one day at a time and pushing just to maintain “sanity.” He’d be out there Sundays if he could. He simply cannot right now.
“All around,” Kolb said, “it’s just not an ideal situation.”
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