Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is trying desperately to put his incredibly disappointing 2011 season behind him and prove he belongs under center for the team. He’s battling John Skelton for the job, and needs to have a good training camp and preseason if he wants to win the gig. Let’s just say things got off to a bad start on Sunday.
The Cardinals faced the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton on Sunday night to open the preseason, and Kolb lasted until the first play of the third drive before injuring a rib and having to be pulled from the game.
Kolb wasn’t exactly stellar before the injury. He threw an interception on his first pass of the game, and on the opening play of Arizona’s third drive he rolled right, avoided a sack in the end zone and completed a short pass to Anthony Sherman. But, New Orleans defensive lineman Sedrick Ellis hit Kolb on the play and he stayed down for a few seconds. Then he was relieved by Skelton.
Kolb finished the game by completing just 1 of 4 passes for four yards and an interception.
The 27-year-old Kolb is in the second year of a six-year, $65 million contract, ($12 million guaranteed) and if he doesn’t figure things out soon he could end up cut before long.
The injury was diagnosed as a bruise on his rib and diaphragm, and there is no timetable for his return. He will be listed as day-to-day.
Anyone else finds it funny that another quarterback was injured against the Saints in their first game after the whole bounty scandal thing?