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Kevin Kolb struggled to answer ‘Where are you?’ questions after concussion

kevin-kolbBuffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb suffered another concussion during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. The 29-year-old also battled head injuries in 2010 and 2012, so his latest has many wondering if he will ever play again.

According to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, a league source described Kolb’s concussion as “serious” and potentially career-ending. He suffered the injury when he was kneed in the helmet while diving for a first down against Washington. To make matters even more frightening, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News added the following detail:

You never want to hear stuff like that. If Kolb’s quality of life after football is in jeopardy because of the amount of head trauma he has sustained, you would hope he will consider retirement.

Meanwhile, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is recovering from a minor knee surgery and starting cornerback Stephon Gilmore is expected to miss up to eight weeks with a hand injury. Things are not looking good for the Bills as the start of the regular season inches closer.

H/T Rotoworld

EJ Manuel pulling away from Kevin Kolb in QB competition

EJ Manuel BillsThe Buffalo Bills entered training camp with E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb competing for the starting quarterback job. Kolb, who was signed by the team in the offseason, seemed like the leader to start Week 1 because of his experience. But through two preseason games, it’s looking more and more like Manuel will open the season as the team’s starter.

Kolb, who missed the first preseason game because of a knee injury, got the start against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. He went 13-of-21 for 111 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception on a tipped ball. He scrambled one time for seven yards.

Manuel came in after Kolb and went 10-of-12 for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Both quarterbacks operated mostly out of the shotgun and threw short, quick routes. They each were faced with pressure from Minnesota’s four-man front, which frequently got in their face quickly. The Vikings’ defense led Kolb to look to release the ball quickly on many of his attempts.

Though neither quarterback was particularly impressive, Kolb has not given the Bills a reason not to go with the rookie. The Bills boldly selected Manuel with their No. 16 overall pick, making him the first quarterback taken in the draft. They were impressed by his build, abilities, and intangible qualities. Team GM Doug Whaley even admitted they would love to have Manuel run away with the job.

“Absolutely, it helps if he becomes the starter and becomes successful, there’s no doubt about it,” Whaley admitted to NFL.com during the week.

Through two preseason games, Manuel is now 26-of-33 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s also rushed four times for 29 yards. He’d have to get injured or have a disastrous third game preseason game to lose this competition.

Kevin Kolb injures knee slipping on a wet rubber mat

Kevin-Kolb-Wants-Eagles-to-Win-Super-BowlBuffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is trying to bring his new team some stability at quarterback this season, but he can only do that if healthy. And if the Bills don’t start taking better care of their facilities, that may be a challenge.

On Saturday, Kolb slipped on a wet rubber mat while running between fields at Bills training camp. He managed to keep his balance, but he reportedly stumbled awkwardly and appeared to have trouble putting weight on one of his legs afterword. Kolb then threw his helmet in frustration and sat down.

According to the Associated Press, Cardinals head trainer Bud Carpenter briefly examined Kolb’s knee and then escorted him to the locker room. A group of workers then moved in and began sweeping the water off the rubber mats, which are shown below.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters the injury is not serious and that Kolb is considered day-to-day. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who is competing with Kolb for a starting job, is expected to receive more reps while the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback’s knee heals.

This is the second bizarre injury we have heard about in the NFL this offseason, though the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church’s root canal were much tougher to believe.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Kevin Kolb responds to Tommy Kelly calling him ‘scared’

Kevin Kolb’s preseason struggles continued on Friday night against the Raiders, and the Cardinals quarterback even had to respond to accusations that he’s playing “scared.”

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly ran off the field after tackling Kolb in the second quarter and said, “That boy’s scared,” according to Pro Football Talk.

Kelly elaborated after the game.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly told the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is playing attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Kolb, who has gone 5/15 for 47 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and four sacks this preseason, didn’t appreciate being called scared.

“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said, according to the Cardinals website. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”

I don’t think Kelly was questioning Kolb’s toughness so much as he was saying the quarterback was too preoccupied with the Raiders defense to worry about anything else. That’s what happens when the pass rush overwhelms the offensive line — the quarterback becomes more focused on what’s coming after him rather than what passes he can complete. He’s probably right. Kolb has been a mess with Arizona and will likely lose the quarterback job to John Skelton. Arizona still needs a franchise QB.

Kevin Kolb snubs John Skelton on high five after Kolb injury (Video)

Kevin Kolb has not exactly had the best luck since he was traded to the Cardinals from Philadelphia, and the tough times continued during Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game against the Saints. Kolb, who started off the game by throwing an interception on his first pass attempt, was injured on the Cardinals’ third offensive series when he was hit by Saints defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis as he was delivering a pass. Kolb suffered bruised ribs on the play and had to leave the game.

As you can see from the video above, the Cardinals starter wanted nothing to do with the fist pound when he was replaced by John Skelton. Is it possible that Kolb’s ribs simply hurt too much for him to extend his arm? Absolutely, but that doesn’t make it any less hilarious. When young children get snubbed it’s no laughing matter. When courtside celebrities and backup quarterbacks get shut down it’s pure entertainment.

Kevin Kolb Says He Knew the Eagles Plays

Kevin Kolb may have been inactive against the Eagles Sunday because of an injury, but that doesn’t mean he was unable to help his team win. Contrarily, he says he was able to call out many of Philadelphia’s plays — especially in the two-minute drill — because the Eagles didn’t bother changing their signals since trading Kolb to Arizona before the season.

“It was funny, as they were lining up for the plays, I’d go ‘Hold on, they’re gonna do this,” Kolb said during an appearance on WIP Tuesday. “And you don’t know if they changed things up or what… but the ones that I was for sure on, I was letting it ring, and I think I helped us out maybe just a little bit here and there,” he said.

“During the two-minute drill, you almost feel guilty,” Kolb said with a laugh. “Mike [Vick’s] sitting there giving the signals, and I’m standing there on our sidelines, screaming at our corners, ‘Hey it’s a go ball, hey he’s running a screen, hey he’s running a slant.’”

Kolb says he wasn’t sure if his players were able to hear him telling them what was going to happen, but he says the quiet crowd helped him communicate the signs. That sure makes sense to me. I was stunned at how ineffective the Eagles were. You can say that Michael Vick was off because he was playing almost the entire game with broken ribs, but it also doesn’t help when the opposing defense knows what you’re about to do.

And you wonder why teams pick up players who were cut from a practice squad a week before they play their division rival? It’s to get information about the opposing team — and every piece helps.

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Kevin Kolb: I Want Eagles to Win Super Bowl if Cardinals Don’t

Oftentimes when a player is traded or leaves via free agency, there is some lingering hostility toward his former team. Kevin Kolb was drafted by the Eagles with the intention of making him the heir to the Donovan McNabb throne in Philly.  Then came the unpredictable resurrection of Michael Vick’s career, which resulted in Kolb being traded to the Cardinals.

Since his departure, Kolb has had nothing but compliments for his former organization.  He spoke with reporters in July about the respect players have for Andy Reid and now insists he’s genuinely rooting for his former teammates this season.

“I just saw that they won and it looked like Mike moved around a lot and he made some plays with his feet,” Kolb told the Scott Van Pelt show when asked if he had watched the Eagles-Rams game over the weekend. “If we don’t win it, I want them to win it. I truly mean that. I love those guys over there and I wish them the best except for Week 10 or 11, whenever it is that we play them.”

Kolb’s skill paired with his demeanor is what could ultimately turn him into a star in the NFL.  He has faced a number of frustrating situations since being drafted by the Eagles and handled them all perfectly, saying all the right things along the way.  An ability to handle the spotlight is one of the most underrated factors that determines a quarterback’s success in the NFL, and Kolb is on his way to mastering that early in his career.