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]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).