Kevin Kolb didn’t get the 2012 season off to a good start. During the Arizona Cardinals’ fist exhibition game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, Kolb threw for four yards, an interception, and was forced to leave the field after suffering a bruised chest muscle.
The good news? Kevin Kolb’s injury isn’t too serious.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said:
“It’s going to all depend on how sore he is…. I don’t anticipate it being a problem. Whenever you get one of those, it’s hard to torque, so we’ll see how he responds. There’s a chance he’ll practice this week.”
Kolb’s NFL career has been plagued by injuries and last night’s game didn’t speak well for the quarterback. In 2011, Kolb signed a six-year, $65 million contract with the Cardinals but only managed to stay on the field for nine games. According to ESPN, Kolb missed four starts after suffering a toe injury in Week 8 and another 3 games at the end of the season after suffering a concussion in Week 14. Kolb was also sidelined for several games during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons with injuries.
Kolb has a few weeks to recover before the start of the NFL season but his starting position is up for grabs. John Skelton stepped into Kolb’s shoes during the exhibition game and completed four consecutive passes during a 90 yard touchdown drive. The majority of those 90 yards were made during running plays but Whisenhunt said that he was impressed with Skelton’s performance.
“[Skelton] did a nice job… He made a couple good throws, moved in the pocket. Like I said, I think the line settled down a little bit by the time John got in there. He had a little bit more time. But to his credit, I think he did a nice job.”