Kevin Kolb Injury: Updates on Arizona Cardinals QB's Ribs

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

The Arizona Cardinals boasted one of the NFL's worst offenses entering Week 6, and things don't look like they're going to get any better after a fourth-quarter injury to starting quarterback Kevin Kolb on Sunday.

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 12:24 p.m. ET

The Arizona Cardinals have placed Kevin Kolb (ribs) on injured reserve, according to's Darren Urban.

Cardinals officially place QB Kevin Kolb on IR and signed G/C Mike Gibson.

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 12, 2012

QB Kevin Kolb played in just 15 of 32 games in his two AZ years. There are decisions to make for 2013 on his future.

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

As expected, Kolb is once again inactive due to his rib injury. 

Darren Urban of reported the list of inactives via Twitter. 

WR Andre Roberts and DE Calais Campbell active today. CB Jamell Fleming inactive. Also Kolb, Byrd, Kelemete, McQuistan,Sperry,Talley.

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 9, 2012

The Cardinals are facing a division battle against the Seattle Seahawks, and they will have to make due without Kolb as an option to fix their struggles in the passing game. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

The Cardinals will have to make it without Kolb for the sixth straight game, as he has been ruled inactive for today's matchup with the New York Jets, according to Dov Kleiman of Rant Sports

#Cardinals inactives against the #Jets: DE Campbell, WR Roberts inactive, as is TE Heap, Kolb, RB Smith, G Kelemete, T McQuistan

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) December 2, 2012

It has been a long, strange season for the Cardinals, that started with such optimism after a four-game winning streak to start the year, followed by their current seven-game losing streak. 

Kolb has always been the best option among the quarterbacks the Cardinals have to choose from, but he hasn't been able to stay on the field long enough to get anything going. 


UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3:19 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

As expected, Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is inactive for the Cardinals game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, according to Dave Zorn.

#Cardinals inactives: Kolb QB, Smith RB, Kelemete G, McQuistan T, Doucet WR, Heap TE, Campbell DE.#Rams #NFL

— Dave Zorn (@dave_zorn) November 25, 2012

Kolb has been injury prone since joining the Cardinals on his huge contract. He was 4-2 on the season before his injury, but his inability to stay on the field has put the Cardinals in a major hole.

Arizona has yet to win since he suffered his injury.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1:20 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Gregg Rosenthal of, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb may miss several more weeks because of his injured ribs.

Kolb wasn't setting the world on fire before his injury but the Cardinals were boasting a 4-2 record. Since then, the Cardinals are just 0-4.

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 4 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

No surprises here—Kolb is once again inactive, this week against the Green Bay Packers. From Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Cardinals inactives: QB Kevin Kolb, WR LaRon Boyd, CB Greg Toler, LB Jamaal Westerman, G Senio Kelemete, G Adam Snyder, TE Todd Heap

— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) November 4, 2012

This week, it will be John Skelton who has the pleasure of trying to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers and will look to avoid being crushed by Clay Matthews.

Sounds like fun, right?

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

As expected, Kevin Kolb is officially out against the Minnesota Vikings, according to's inactives list

The Cardinals signal-caller suffered a sprained joint in his chest in a Week 6 contest vs. the Buffalo Bills and is expected to miss a few weeks. John Skelton, the starter at the start of the season, will be taking the snaps under center to start the game. 

We'll keep you updated right here with any more news, information and updates on Kolb's status and recovery.

UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 19 at 5:51 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

While there is no structural damage to Kevin Kolb's chest, he has been officially declared out for Sunday's contest against the Minnesota Vikings, per's Darren Urban.

QB Kevin Kolb and S Kerry Rhodes officially out for Sunday in Minnesota. FB Sherman, CB Toler doubtful. #AZvsMIN

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 19, 2012

Without Kolb, the Cardinals will turn to John Skelton, who won the starting quarterback job in the preseason before being injured in Week 1.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5:56 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Kolb's rib injury sounds insanely painful, and if it is found that his ribs are detached, he will understandably miss some serious time. Azcentral Sports' Kent Somers tweeted out the news. 

If Kolb has detached ribs, he'll miss 6-8 wks, says ortho dr. similarinjury to steering wheel to chest in car wreck.

— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 16, 2012

While their QB situation is just as unsettled as ever, the 4-2 Cardinals are right in the mix of what is becoming one of the most intriguing division races in the NFL.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Kolb will likely miss multiple games due to the rib injury he suffered against the Buffalo Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports:

Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb will be unable to play Sunday vs Minnesota and is expected to be out several weeks after he had multiple ribs detach from his sternum as well as suffering a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his chest area against the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday, according to a team source.

John Skelton, who was named the team's starting quarterback prior to the regular season before suffering an injury of his own, will replace Kolb. The team's porous offensive line makes moving the ball difficult no matter who's under center, as they've given up 28 sacks in six games.

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UPDATE: Monday, October 15 at 2:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports that Kevin Kolb's X-rays on his ribs came back negative, but the QB will still have an MRI done today. 

Kolb x-rays negative. MRI today, pretty sore whiz says. Rhodes also will have MRI today

— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 15, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 7:49 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Cardinals' vice president of media relations, Mark Dalton, Kolb did not injure his head:

Kevin Kolb. Rib injury. Will not return.

— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) October 14, 2012

Even though Kolb didn't return, that sounds better than it originally looked on the field.

Stay tuned for more specifics.

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According to reporter Kent Somers, the situation on the field didn't look good:

Bringing the cart out for Kolb.. almost whole medical staff is out there

— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) October 14, 2012

Any time a player takes a shot to the head, it's a scary situation. The Cardinals staff seems to be taking the utmost precaution when it comes to their starting signal-caller, and for good reason.

Prior to leaving the game, Kolb was 14-of-26 for 128 yards and one touchdown. He also threw an interception and was sacked for a safety in the first quarter.

With Kolb out, John Skelton will take the reins behind center. He's attempted 28 passes on the year and carries experience over from last season. There are worse options.

Kolb has thrown for just over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He has kept his turnovers to a minimum, allowing Arizona's stalwart defense to do most of the work.

No one will mistake Kolb for a No. 1 fantasy football quarterback, but losing the top option on a 4-1 squad is tough. Despite not having dynamic numbers, he's provided leadership on offense.

This is a situation to monitor moving forward. Head injuries can lead to indefinite absences, and Kolb's situation doesn't look good.

With Minnesota, San Francisco and Green Bay looming in the next three weeks, Kolb's health will be important to Arizona's success.

Stay tuned for updates.


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