As I’ve written many times, my general rule with injuries is that if they involve a part of the body that I can’t pronounce on the first attempt, that’s bad.
Body parts ripping from other body parts is also bad. Kevin Kolb’s life is filled with bad.
After being the victim of a thorough crunching late in the Cardinals’ loss to Buffalo this past Sunday, Kolb left and was replaced by John Skelton, completing the natural cycle of two quarterbacks familiar with frequent breaking. Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, we won’t be seeing Kolb again for a little while because his ribs have ripped clean from his sternum.
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. Kolb has been battered in recent weeks, absorbing 23 sacks in the past three games alone.
Normally, requiring the services of the backup quarterback for any longer than a brief in-game fill in leads to doom and instant death for his targets, which in this case would be especially concerning for Larry Fitzgerald owners. But while Kolb has shed some of his awfulness throughout this season (he had eight interceptions through his first six starts last year, and he has three this year…so yeah, progress!) and Skelton completed only two of his 10 attempts with an interception Sunday, I’m not quite ready to jump off a tall object yet.
That’s primarily because at this point I’m confident that the Cards could trot out a pet snail to play quarterback, and Fitzgerald would still post elite numbers. Last year while dealing with Kolb and Skelton, and their natural incompetence, Fitzgerald still had six 100-yard games, and he finished with 1,411 receiving yards overall at an average of 88.2 per game. But what he did with Skelton specifically should quiet your fears, along with the lack of any difference whatsoever in Fitz’s production when either QB was given the keys to the Cards Pinto of an offense.
Fitzgerald had 753 receiving yards (83.6 per game) while catching balls thrown by Skelton in his nine starts, while in Kolb’s eight starts he had 658 yards (82.3). I’d be far more worried about Arizona’s utter lack of a running game to support whoever happens to be the quarterback.