Quarterback Kevin Kolb of the Arizona Cardinals was sacked nine times after being nailed eight times a week earlier. When he wasn't sacked, he often was slammed to the ground.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Kevin Kolb wasn’t around to talk to reporters Friday. He probably was nursing his many aches and pains in the aftermath of Arizona’s first loss of the season, a 17-3 Thursday-night manhandling in St. Louis.
Kolb was sacked nine times after being nailed eight times in the previous game. When he wasn’t sacked, he often was slammed to the ground.
The Cardinals’ offensive line, already considered a weak link, was exposed in a flop that, among Arizona fans, erased the euphoria of the team’s best start (4-0) in 38 years. Twice Kolb was hit so hard his helmet was knocked off, leaving him on his knees or on his backside, blood on his lips.
After an exhibition game against Oakland, Raiders defensive end Tommy Kelly said Kolb played “skittish” and “scared.” No one was calling Kolb scared after Thursday night.
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“I think he answered a lot of questions about that,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “People were questioning his toughness or his ability to play in one of those kinds of games. He certainly did that.”
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