Kevin Kolb’s NFL Career Might Be Over

Kevin Kolb’s NFL Career Might Be Over

Poor Kevin Kolb. He arguably never got a fair shake in Philly, hustled in and out of the lineup for Wildcat packages in his first game as the starting quarterback until he was injured and ultimately replaced. Never had a chance in Arizona behind one of the most putrid offensive lines imaginable. Now he may never even get an opportunity in Buffalo, or anywhere else for that matter, thanks to another concussion.

According to a report, Kolb’s latest head injury – at least the third of his NFL career – is considered potentially career-threatening. The Bills’ quarterback left Saturday’s preseason game with the injury, and the team is preparing for the distinct possibility that’s the last we’ve seen of the 2009 second-round pick.

[The Buffalo News' Tim] Graham tweeted Sunday: "Source tells me Bills concerned Kevin Kolb's concussion may be career-ending and they're proceeding with that in mind.

"At least 3rd career concussion for Kevin Kolb. Hit didn't look serious, but source tells me response in locker room was disconcerting."

A concussion of course is what knocked Kolb out of a job with the Eagles in 2010. Mike Vick replaced him in a losing effort against Green Bay, then the following week No. 7 led the Birds to win in Detroit. Kolb was cleared to return after that, but Andy Reid had seen enough to name Vick the starter going forward.

Kolb made seven career starts for the Eagles, posting a 3-4 record. In those games he completed 148 of 239 pass attempts (61.9%) for 1,714 yards (7.2 average) with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions, good for an 81.4 passer rating. He was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice. In 2011 Kolb was traded to the Cardinals in 2011 for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick that the team turned into Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin.

It seems unlikely Kolb ever would have been a star, but it’s unfortunate how his career worked out, even if he does manage to one day step on to a football field again. At least he got a couple big paydays out of it though, and you just hope he gets out of the game before there’s any long-term damage.

>> NFL Notes: Kolb’s career in jeopardy? [CSN]

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.