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12-29-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb's Concussion

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Time for some links, with today looking at Kolb's concussion which has been worse than the one he suffered last year in Philly, and an evaluation from Sando where he is given an "incomplete" grade.

Arizona Cardinals News:

The Learning Curve
Injuries not only have limited Kolb's work, but also Cards' look at QB

Concussion symptoms likely to sideline Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb
It appears Kevin Kolb's first season in Arizona ended three weeks ago, although no one knew it at the time. Kolb continues to suffer symptoms as a result of the concussion he suffered against the 49ers on Dec. 11. Kolb hasn't played since, and tests Tuesday revealed he remained "a little slow with some reaction stuff and some processing stuff from my baseline that I'd had earlier in the year," he said. The problems are "nothing serious," Kolb said, "but it's something I can't play with." Kolb practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, and it appears he will miss his third consecutive game and seventh of the season Sunday against the Seahawks.

Reflections on Kolb's first Cardinals season - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb will emerge from the 2011 NFL season with an incomplete grade, whether or not he plays for the Arizona Cardinals in their Week 17 game against Seattle.

Peterson Rehabs With Records In Sight
Notebook: Campbell disappointed without Pro Bowl; Young promoted

Cardinals' Patrick Peterson on verge of NFL history
Patrick Peterson has plenty of incentive to recover from a sore Achilles' tendon to play in the final game of the season on Sunday. He would set a NFL record with a fifth punt return for a touchdown. And he needs 21 punt return yards to pass Louis Lipps (656 yards) for an NFL rookie record. Peterson's chances of doing both received a boost when Fox assigned Sam Rosen to do the play-by-play for the game. Peterson returned punts for touchdowns in all four Cardinals games Rosen has worked this season.

Word From the Birds Blog - Vets see Peterson’s potential around corner
So rookie Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowler in his first year. It’s as a return man, however, and has dynamic as he has been in that facet of the game, the Cardinals need him to be dynamic as a cornerback. He seems headed there, and, at least according to the Pro Bowler who plays beside him every day and the the Pro Bowler who must battle him in practice daily, they think he’ll be a Pro Bowler on defense at some point too.

Word From the Birds Blog - Kolb still having concussion symptoms
Quarterback Kevin Kolb said he is still having symptoms from his concussion, ones he obviously cannot play with, and while he will continue to work this week to see if they subside, his chances of returning for the season finale are shrinking quickly. He had a full psych exam Tuesday, which showed him a "little slow" in reaction times and processing information compared to his baseline tests earlier in the year. "It basically just validates what we have been saying as far as symptoms," Kolb said.

Buckle up: Chancellor, Wilson break mold - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor tower over the other strong safeties in the NFC this season. That is true not only in their accomplishments -- Wilson is a Pro Bowl starter, Chancellor a first alternate -- but in their physical dimensions. They are the biggest starting strong safeties in the NFL at a time when the prevailing NFL trends have led teams in another direction at the position. Wilson stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 230 pounds. Chancellor goes 6-3 and 232. The other 30 starting strong safeties average 6 feet and 207 pounds.

Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson wise beyond his years
I was looking for a cute anecdote Tuesday evening when I asked safety Adrian Wilson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald what advice they would give kick returner/cornerback Patrick Peterson, who is making his first Pro Bowl appearance. I was expecting to hear that Peterson should set aside some money to pay for the friends family who will accompany him to Honolulu. Or to make sure he doesn't give any veterans his room number so they wouldn't haze him by billing mai tai cocktails to his room. Instead, I received eerily the same answer from both Fitzgerald and Wilson, who were on conference calls at separate times. They talked about Peterson's maturity and how he handled his business in his rookie season.

NFC West injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: It's looking like John Skelton will remain the Cardinals' starting quarterback while Kevin Kolb continues to work through concussion-related symptoms. Kolb is practicing on a limited basis. Skelton was the player Cardinals officials made available to Seattle reporters on a conference call Wednesday. Patrick Peterson's injured Achilles' tendon will not require surgery, but his availability for Sunday remains in question. Peterson, right tackle Brandon Keith and free safety Kerry Rhodes missed practice Wednesday. Playing without Peterson on Sunday would affect the Cardinals significantly in the return game and on defense. Running back Beanie Wells was limited. His knee injury remains a factor. Wells has not exceeded 15 carries in any of the Cardinals' past three games. He has had no runs longer than 9 yards in the four games since setting a franchise record with 228 yards against St. Louis.

Cardinals, Seahawks battling for pride -
With a playoff spot no longer up for grabs for either team, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks will be battling for pride this Sunday.

Lingering concussion symptoms limit Kevin Kolb -
Kevin Kolb doesn't want to shut it down for the season. "That's not the way this league works," Kolb said. "That's not the way a competitor works." Those aforementioned competitive juices still burn within, telling him he has something left to give to an Arizona Cardinals offense that he's grown quite at ease with this season.

Campbell the victim of playing a loaded position -
One can certainly make the argument that Calais Campbell has been the Cardinals' best defensive player this season. Campbell leads the team in sacks (8.0), has knocked down 11 passes (2nd most among non-defensive backs in the NFC), has forced two fumbles, recovered one, has an interception, is third on the team with 72 total tackles and has blocked three field goal attempts. It's been the best season in the four-year career of Campbell, and his name was certainly talked about for Pro Bowl roster consideration. Yet, when the rosters were revealed on Tuesday, Campbell's name was nowhere to be found -- not even as an alternate.

Being Pro Bowlers never gets old for Fitzgerald, Wilson -
You'd think going to Hawaii would never get old. Though Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Wilson are becoming regulars at the NFL's All-Star game on the island, you won't find anyone who feels bad for them. Fitz made the NFC roster for the sixth time in his career Monday, while A-Dub was selected for the fifth time. They will start, while teammate Patrick Peterson will join them at the game as a kick returner.

Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, Cardinals need SOMEONE to step up at QB -
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about receiver Larry Fitzgerald and his ability to play at a Pro Bowl level regardless of who is throwing him the ball. "He's a special player and I think that when you see the competition at that position this year, the production that some of these other offenses have had and the players at those positions," Whiz said, "that Larry would be recognized as a starter, I think, is pretty significant." It is, and it's also a shame. Fitzgerald has topped the 1,000 yard receiving mark six times in his career - and the 1,400 yard mark thrice. He's never scored fewer than six touchdowns, and his hands have been featured in commercials for IHOP and ESPN. Suffice to say, the guy can catch the ball - he will catch the ball - so long as it actually gets to him. And that, unfortunately, is still a problem.

32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 16 |
Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson was elected as the NFC’s kick returner, although he has yet to return a kick on the NFL. However his 638 punt return yards and four touchdowns both lead the league, and his 16 yards per return is highest for players with at least 30 returns.

Cards Daily - Setting Sights on .500
The Arizona Cardinals look to even their record at 8-8 when they host the Seahawks. Players and coaches talk about what a .500 record would mean heading into the offseason.

Cardinals Underground - SEA Preview
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Ron Wolfley talk about the performance of QB John Skelton, the Cardinals Pro Bowl representatives, and the match-up with the Seahawks.

Arizona Sports News:

Overtime goal lifts Bruins past Coyotes
Trying to break of a home-ice funk against the defending Stanley Cup champions is never easy. The Coyotes turned in a superior effort Wednesday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 17,459 at Arena and managed to earn a point, losing 2-1 in overtime to the Boston Bruins. Only 58 seconds into the overtime, Dennis Seidenberg scored for the Bruins, who are 10-1 in their past 11 games.

76ers blast offensively challenged Suns
You would have a hard time remembering when a Suns offense looked so anemic, abysmal, appalling and atrocious. That is because you never have until now. The cruel twist of fate for Suns fans who have been spoiled with the most efficient, entertaining offense for years cut like a dagger Wednesday night, when the Suns offense messed with all-time futility. The Suns got off to their first 0-2 start in 15 years by taking a 103-82 mauling by the Philadelphia 76ers at US Airways Center.

Former All-Star Michael Redd likely to sign with Suns
The Suns could use a pure-shooting off guard who's unattached and has an All-Star resume. And there is one available. Michael Redd, who has a scary knee history, worked out for the Suns at US Airways Center on Tuesday, and the Suns are expected to sign the 32-year-old Thursday to address their need for scoring and shooting. Redd likely would not play immediately as he learns the Suns' system and works into playing shape.

NFL News:

2011 Seahawks Week 16: Five observations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five things I noticed while watching the Seattle Seahawks' most recent game, a 19-17 home defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16:

Pro Bowl: The Undeserving |
Each year the Pro Bowl roster comes out and each year I lose a few brain cells smacking my head against the table. To be honest that is how stupid some of the picks are.

NFL Coaches Hot Seat: Steve Spagnuolo, Norv Turner Likely On Their Way Out -
Our final look at the NFL coaches hot seat has some familiar names who could be getting a pink slip on Black Monday, the day after the regular season ends.

Bengals Won't Be Blacked Out In Week 17 -
After slow ticket sales threatened to leave the Bengals' Week 17 game blacked out in Cincinnati, a sellout announced Wednesday has saved the broadcast.

Tom Brady Absent From Patriots Practice -
Tom Brady missed Patriots practice on Wednesday with an apparent shoulder injury.

Colt McCoy Now Looking Doubtful For Browns In Week 17 -
It sounds like the concussion suffered in Week 14 will end Colt McCoy's season for the Cleveland Browns. McCoy hasn't played since and has yet to be cleared to practice which means he's likely going to miss Week 17.

Dez Bryant Facing Another Lawsuit For Unpaid Debt -
Dez Bryant is facing another lawsuit -- this time from a New York based company alleging he owes $50,000.

Brandon Marshall thinks Revis is benefiting from "Jordan Rules" | ProFootballTalk
When the Jets hosted the Dolphins earlier this year, cornerback Darrelle Revis caught a ball intended for receiver Brandon Marshall, returning it 100 yards for a touchdown. It appeared that Revis pushed off, something that Mike Francesa of WFAN pointed out during a subsequent interview with Revis — which resulted in the interview abruptly and prematurely ending.