Buffalo Bills Reportedly Concerned Kevin Kolb's Concussion is Career-Ending
Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb exited Saturday's preseason game against the Washington Redskins with concussion-like symptoms.
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News has a most unfortunate update on the situation of the 29-year-old QB:
Source tells me Bills concerned Kevin Kolb's concussion may be career-ending and they're proceeding with that in mind.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 25, 2013
Although the knee to the helmet Kolb suffered in the game didn't look severe, it was readily apparent that something was wrong:
At least 3rd career concussion for Kevin Kolb. Hit didn't look serious, but source tells me response in locker room was disconcerting.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 25, 2013
The team has since downplayed that report.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550, Bills head coach Doug Marrone had lots to say on the idea that Kolb's concussion might be career ending:
Marrone also left the door open on making Kolb the team's Injured Reserve player that is designated for a return.
" I think it's definitely an option in talking to the doctors," he said. "There's this large protocol, which I schooled myself on last night, trying to understand it, that they go through and I think as they go through it, there's no predictability as with a normal injury to see where they're at. So Again, that could potentially become an option for us."
As for the thought that Kolb's injury could end his career the head coach didn't say anything definitive, citing further conversations that needed to take place before that decision was made.
"I’m just saying that that hasn’t been the thought process for him at this time and I think it’s important, and I’ve been involved with it at the collegiate level where players had multiple ones and he has stopped playing," Marrone said. "But that comes I think when, OK, where are we're at, what’s going on, and that’s a lot of personal discussions that go within the player and his family and the agent, whoever it may be. So I’m not saying that that’s not a possibility."
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From the Buffalo Bills:
Marrone: concussion confirmed for Kevin Kolb. Speculation on threat to career did not come from Kolb. Focused on recovery first.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 26, 2013
In light of the recent news, Buffalo is scrambling to add personnel and is certainly appearing to be in worst-case scenario preparations regarding Kolb.
Along with the signing of free agent Matt Leinart on Sunday, the team has also reportedly traded for Detroit Lions backup Thaddeus Lewis to shore up the quarterback position, per Pro Football Talk:
Bills trade with Lions for QB Thaddeus Lewis, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 25, 2013
Rookie EJ Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round of this year's NFL draft, but he's out for the rest of the preseason with a knee injury. Before the reported acquisition of Lewis and signing of Leinart, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was the lone quarterback on the roster.
The 36th overall selection out of Houston in the 2007 draft, Kolb was originally thought to be the Philadelphia Eagles' future long-term answer under center to eventually replace Donovan McNabb. However, a resurgent Michael Vick seized the starting job when Kolb went out with a concussion early in the 2010 season.
After Vick had established himself as the clear starter, Kolb was traded to the Arizona Cardinals to be their new signal-caller in 2011.
That didn't work out well, either, as Kolb played just 15 total games in two seasons, leading to his release after this past season. After guiding Arizona to a 4-0 start in 2012, Kolb lost his next game, then suffered season-ending ribs and shoulder injuries against the Bills on Oct. 14.
Kolb was given another chance to revive his career in Buffalo, but it looks as though this latest medical setback may prevent him from hitting the NFL gridiron for good.
All eyes now turn to Manuel, whom the Bills now desperately need to return as soon as possible.
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