When the Cardinals take on the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, they will be facing one of the better pass rushing teams in the NFL. Jason Babin and Trent Cole know how to come off the edge and can do so effectively. That means Kevin Kolb will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly in order to avoid taking a sack.
Unfortunately for Kolb, he may not have one of his favorite targets to throw to on Sunday. Tight end Todd Heap is listed as day-to-day with a sprained PCL. As the top target for Kolb against the Patriots, this is far from good news.
Heap has been targeted 12 times so far this season and has caught eight passes, leading all receivers for the Cardinals. He is the perfect safety net over the middle for Kolb and John Skelton, providing the underneath route for them to dump the ball off to.
So while Kolb will still probably be the starting QB against his former team, his favorite target might not be on the field according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers:
TE Todd Heap says he has a sprained PCL. Day to day. No idea yet if he will play Sunday. Injured on late hit #AZCardinals— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 17, 2012
The hit from Steve Gregory may even warrant a fine given how late it was after the play was over. It's unfortunate that something like this has to happen, but such is the nature of the NFL.
If Heap is forced to sit, this will only add fuel to the "injury prone" fire that has been associated with him since he joined the Cardinals.
Be sure to check in with Revenge of the Birds throughout the week for more updates Heap's status leading up to gameday.