Kolb not close to return from rib injury

TEMPE, Ariz. – Quarterback Kevin Kolb said he is throwing passes up to about 20 yards, doing light weight training and his running has improved significantly as he rehabs from an Oct. 14 injury suffered against Buffalo in which some ribs detached from his sternum.

But Kolb added that he’s still battling to avoid sneezing because it’s painful — and whenever he tries to torque or turn, “it’s just not there.”

“It’s a patient game. It’s a waiting game,” Kolb said. “Not a whole lot I can do.”

Kolb said one of his biggest concerns with throwing right now is creating bad habits in his mechanics as he compensates for the injury. He feels confident that he will return this season, but there has been no timeline set on that return.

“We talked about it today,” Kolb said. “I went out there and tried to throw to some receivers when they were moving around and it just wasn’t great. I’m trying not to get frustrated.”

Kolb was asked what will be done to test the ribs to see if they’re ready for contact once he feels ready to return.

“Good question,” he said. “We’ll do a dog pile and see what happens.

“It’s a compression type of deal, so it’s not just taking a shot to the ribs – it’s more of the compression. (Whenever) we say it is safe to go out and play, you wing it and go out there and play and hope that that one fall doesn’t happen.”

SCHOFIELD INJURY

Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Tuesday that outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield will miss the rest of the season with a ligament injury in his ankle that will require surgery. Schofield tweeted the news Monday night after suffering the injury in Sunday’s game at Green Bay and getting a diagnosis.

Quentin Groves will replace Schofield in the starting lineup, with rookie Zack Nash getting a look as his backup. Nash, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Sacramento State, missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury.

It’s a tough break for Schofield (34 tackles, four sacks), who had been playing well in his third season. He also missed the first six games of his rookie season while rehabbing a major knee injury suffered in a Senior Bowl practice following his senior season at Wisconsin. He will miss the club’s final seven games in 2012.

WELLS RETURNS

Running back Beanie Wells is eligible to return to practice Wednesday for the first time since going on the injured-reserve/designated-to-return list following the Cards’ win over the Eagles in Week 3 with severe turf toe/ligament damage.

Wells said his knee that was surgically repaired this offseason feels “great” and the toe feels “good,” adding that it feels better when it’s not heavily taped and restricted.

When asked if he would be ready to play against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 25 – the first date he is eligible to return per NFL rules – Wells said: “No doubt about it.”  

POTTER’S PROGRESS

Left tackle Nate Potter was measured in his evaluation of his first significant action on Sunday in Green Bay. Coach Ken Whisenhunt praised Potter on Monday, saying: “Very impressed with what Nate did for us. I think it was a good time to make that switch with him in there, and based on what I saw off the tape, it merits moving forward.”

But while Potter is excited about starting when the Cardinals travel to Atlanta on Nov. 18 after the bye week, he added that he only graded out “decent, not good” in the film room.

Potter got beat on an inside move by Green Bay’s Clay Mathews and noted that improving his strength has been the top priority since he was drafted in the seventh round our of Boise State. He is listed at 295 pounds (6-feet-5), which is a bit light for a left tackle.

 “We work hard in the weight room every day to try to improve in that area, but there’s just so many different things that you’ve got to work on out here that you can’t really put one over the other,” he said.

Potter also said that he knew before Sunday that former Boise State teammate Doug Martin, a Tampa Bay rookie who ran for 251 yards and four TDs against Washington, would be this good. Martin ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards with 794.

But Potter refused to divulge the origins or true meaning of Martin’s nickname, The Muscle Hamster, other than to credit another former Boise teammate, Matt Slater, now with the Broncos. Martin insists it’s because of how much he could lift in the weight room, but Potter said there are “a bunch of different stories for it” and he would “just leave it at that.”

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