Coach Ken Whisenhunt said quarterback Kevin Kolb did a little more in practice today following his concussion and the expectation is that he will do more again Friday. But there are reasons to think, barring a big jump in Kolb’s recovery, that John Skelton will start against Cleveland Sunday, and one of them is the path Whisenhunt went down with former quarterback Kurt Warner before a game at Tennessee in 2009.
Warner suffered a concussion in St. Louis the week before, but he passed his tests and came back to practice Wednesday that week. A couple of days later, Warner was “probably going to play.” That sounded good — until Sunday morning, when Warner has some blurry vision, and ultimately the decision came late he wouldn’t play.
Part of the problem wasn’t Warner’s absence Sunday, but that he took almost all of the practice reps during the week because he was supposed to start, leaving Matt Leinart hanging when his number was called. That happens — Skelton was stuck in basically the same situation last weekend against the Niners because Kolb was knocked out early — but Whisenhunt said he was prepared.
“John did OK last week with no reps,” Whisenhunt said, laughing. “Maybe that’s the key. Maybe if we give him no reps and tell him it’s the third quarter, we’re in good shape.”
Seriously, though, “the situation with Kurt was different because we thought he was going to play and the procedures are a lot different now,” Whisenhunt added. “You do want to make sure, if you have those concerns, you get the other guy reps. And we have gotten John more reps this week because of that.”
— Sunday’s game against the Browns has officially been declared a sellout — 62 in a row — and will be televised locally on CBS (Ch. 5). There has been no decision made yet on opening the roof and that will likely be a game-day choice because of the chance of rain.
— S Kerry Rhodes has returned to practice fully and should play Sunday, but he will be slowly worked back into the lineup given so much time away. Rhodes hasn’t played since Oct. 9 because of a broken foot and subsequent surgery.
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Sean Morey, the Cardinals’ Pro Bowl special teamer, is one of three active players — along with Baltimore center Matt Birk and Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu — who have agreed to donate their brains to science, in part to help research toward brain injuries and concussions and in part to raise awareness with the problem while all three are still playing. I’ll have a lot more tomorrow after a bunch of us talked to Morey about it today, but safe to say it is an important issue for Morey, who has been working with the NFL Players Association to try and improve everyone’s knowledge on the subject. Already 40 retired NFL players have agreed to allow their brains to be studied. Morey is a smart guy — an Ivy Leaguer who went to Brown, while Birk attended Harvard and Tatupu USC — who has been working hard on this subject since the offseason began. He acknowledges he probably has had more concussions than he’d care to admit.
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