We told you almost two weeks ago that Kevin Kolb's first preseason game in Arizona -- when he threw for a pick on his first play and spent the rest of his time running for dear life before getting his ribs bruised -- didn't go so well.
Now Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is telling you Kolb's second game didn't go much better. Kolb was 3 of 3 for 22 yards on the Cardinals' opening drive, but was sacked in the end zone by Kelly on the next possession for a safety, prompting Kelly to declare to his teammates as he returned to the sideline, "That boy's scared."
PFT writes that the audio was picked up by a sideline reporter during a "Raiders TV broadcast being streamed through NFL.com’s Preseason Live package."
Kelly went into greater detail about Kolb's confidence in the pocket after the game, telling the AP:
"He is skittish. He is scared back there," Kelly said. "Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain't even trying to look at the routes no more. He is paying attention to us and you ain't going to get nothing done like that."
Kolb finished 3 of 6 through the air and was sacked three times, while once again scrambling for his well-being.
That said, Kolb's competition for the starting job didn't get much of a chance, as Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't want John Skelton playing behind the second-string O-line -- just imagine how bad they have to be -- and didn't wanting the starting line to play into the second half.
Skelton was disappointed he didn't see more time -- taking just five snaps but throwing for a touchdown -- as was Whisenhunt. Asked whether he was about to make judgments about his quarterback battle after the game, the coach told reporters:
"Not with only five plays for John," Whisenhunt said. "I think I'll have to get John some extended time this next week."
Yeah, that sounds like it bodes well for Kevin.
Game summary: Cardinals 31, Raiders 27 [AP]
Tommy Kelly continued his assault of Kevin Kolb after the game [PFT]
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It appears the Eagles have lost running back Darren Sproles for a while.
Sproles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, suffered a broken arm in Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Giants and is out indefinitely.
Sproles left the game early in the second quarter with what was announced as a wrist injury and did not return after running the ball three times for 11 yards.
Despite his loss, the Eagles' run game thrived. Wendell Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Veteran Torrey Smith, for the time being at least, will take over as the Eagles' punt returner. Smith returned one punt Sunday for nine yards. He tweeted it was his first punt return since high school.
The 34-year-old Sproles seemed to be contemplating retirement after last season, his 11th in the NFL, but backed off this spring during OTAs.
"We're gonna see," Sproles said in June. "Right after we make the playoffs, then come back and ask me."