Posted August 25, 2013

Kevin Kolb concussion reportedly ‘could be career-ending’

AFC East, Buffalo Bills
Kolb only attempted four passes before leaving with a head injury on Saturday.(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Kolb only attempted four passes before leaving with a head injury on Saturday.(Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Kevin Kolb’s last concussion, which the Buffalo quarterback suffered Saturday in a loss to the Redskins, could put his football future in jeopardy. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that the “Bills [are] concerned Kolb’s concussion may be career-ending and they’re proceeding with that in mind.”

With Kolb leaving this week’s game and rookie — and presumptive starter — E.J. Manuel out for the remainder of the preseason with a knee injury, the shorthanded Bills signed QB Matt Leinart on Sunday. Leinart, Jeff Tuel and Thaddeus Lewis will serve as Buffalo’s quarterbacks in its preseason finale against Detroit.

Kolb, 29, has had issues with concussions since entering the league. A similar injury sidelined him in both 2010, when he was with Philadelphia, and in 2011, when he was the starter in Arizona.

The Bills could place Kolb on injured reserve with the designation to return — each team gets to bring one player back from I.R. during the season, per a rule implemented last year.

Buffalo remains hopeful that Manuel will be ready in time for Week 1 of the regular season, after undergoing a minor knee procedure. He and Kolb had been competing for the starting QB job in rookie coach Doug Marrone’s fast-paced offense, with Manuel taking the lead before sitting out the past week.

Kolb, signed a two-year contract by the Bills in March, and had a chance to state his case against the Redskins this weekend. He only attempted four passes, though, completing two, before leaving with his head injury.

38 comments
Sonofasailor
Sonofasailor

Matt Leinart is a  great guy anda  good choice for the Bills.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

The NFL is the true game of Survivor.  It is really sad how many players are already out for the whole season or a good part of it and we haven't had a single play run that counts.  These guys are the modern gladiators.  They put the personal well-being on the line every time they take the field and a great majority of them carry lingering effects for the remainder of their lives, which often times are tragically short.  I enjoy football very much, but understand what the players are committing to our enjoyment. 

GoBlue_1985
GoBlue_1985

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DSM
DSM

Perhaps Leinart can finally dispel his image as the poster boy for recent USC players being overrated, underworking prima donnas who flame out in the NFL

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Remember when he was the next big thing in Philly? That went downhill fast. 

GeorgeBroze
GeorgeBroze

What is the team obligation contracturally if he retires because of football-related injury? He has a 2-year, $6.1M contract with $1M guaranteed.


x72
x72

It never started

Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck

The career knock on Kolb is you can't keep him on the field, the knock on Leinart is you shouldn't let him on the field...

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

All these concussions Kolb has taken over the years aren't fluke or bad luck.  They're his own fault.

Kolb has never been man enough to acknowledge his penchant for taking too many sacks.  And one can't improve in something unless one first acknowledges that improvement is needed, obviously.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

JaMarcus Russell is available!!!

Jamie4
Jamie4

That the Bills' hopes were built on the shoulders of Kolb in the first place must be truly depressing for Bills fans.

dixie
dixie

Why don't they just wait until after 1st cuts are made?  I bet some better QBs will be let go.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Matt Leinart. Well, okay. Good luck with that.

Whatever
Whatever

@LeilaniHernandez He played very well for Arizona the first four games last year until he nearly had his ribs ripped apart (very gruesome injury). However, his head just can't take the NFL, and he needs to retire before he suffers significant permanent damage.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

@DSM 

You wouldn't include Reggie Bush in that assessment, would you?  Once he got to Miami and was actually being used properly, he balled.  He will certainly help the Lions this year.

Ciscos
Ciscos

No one argues with a duck. I'll just say you're wrong on Leinart.

Whatever
Whatever

@leehwgoc A knee to the back of the head on an 8 yard scramble isn't taking a sack. Yes, he was sacked too often, but don't forget most of those were behind Arizona's pathetic O line the last two years.

Ciscos
Ciscos

Different coaching staff, but you're right and I'm not even a VY fan.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@superboofer You sure did.  Ya got me.  Good one.  One thing though.  You do realize that all of this stuff is anonymous, don't you?

chipdavis
chipdavis

@superboofer Thats cold, man. Guy is probably going to be demented by the time he's 35. Nobody deserves that playin a sport

Whatever
Whatever

@dixie They need someone who can at least know 5-10 plays for their next preseason game. No time to wait for cuts.

e.blanton
e.blanton

@x72 @e.blanton Yes, R.O.Y. Vince Young. Imagine if he had a coach that was not intent on sabotaging the man just to stick it to the team owner (Fischer V. Adams).

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@piizzadude @dixie If he has an O-line in front of him that can allow him more than 0.8 seconds to throw, maybe.

Everyone's hating on Flynn now, but it's not his fault the Oakland O-line is a complete joke.