Kevin Kolb won't be playing quarterback for Arizona on Sunday against the Vikings at the Metrodome.
In fact, he probably won't be playing for a while.
Various reports say Kolb suffered a serious rib injury against Buffalo last Sunday and could be out six weeks or so.
John Skelton will start on Sunday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Kolb had “multiple” ribs detached from the sternum and would miss several weeks.
Update: The Vikings will get some action in England before their new stadium is complete in 2016.
A Vikings source confirmed the team will play a game in London during the 2013 season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today first that a London game for the Vikings will be announced at the owners meetings Tuesday in Chicago.
The game would be played next September against a to-be-determined opponent.
Schefter also said the Vikings might be in line for more games. The game would count as a Vikings home game next season, meaning it would only play seven regular-season games the Metrodome.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was a sack machine last season, but he also feels under gun himself. Asked Wednesday on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" show whether the NFL favors offensive players and ignores defensive players when it comes to dangerous hits, Allen quickly answered, "Oh, absolutely."
Tony Kornheiser raised the question, following up on the season-ending knee injury to Houston linebacker Brian Cushing and a tweet made by Green Bay's Clay Matthews that the league needs to protect players on both sides of the ball.
"When we talk about overall player safety, I think, you know, from a defensive side of the ball, we definitely feel like it's not necessarily geared towards us," Allen said. "It's more stuff we can't do to them than they can't do to us."
Allen referenced a fine levied against him in November 2008 for a hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub against a hit he took a month later against the Lions. "From my own experiences, I got fined $75,000 or something like that for hitting Schaub for what they said was low and he had the ball trying to get to him a few years back. I get knifed in the knee by a dude in Detroit, and they don't do anything."
Allen also was realistic: "Everybody gets treated fairly, but not everybody gets treated the same." Later he added, talking about NFL officials, "Obviously they got the overall image of the Shield that they're trying to create or make better, so I'm for it."
Allen also talked to Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon about how the league has changed since he started playing, not to mention the team's surprising 4-1 start as well as the focus, preparation and coaching required of the young team.
And he also talked about a desire to beat the Bears in Chicago for the first time: "I want nothing more than to crush the Bears and especially in Chicago. I'm going to do everything I can do. ... When we see them, it's game on."
Here's a link to the "PTI" audio via podcast. Allen comes in about 8:50 into the audio. We'll post video if it becomes available.
If you ever doubted the homer abilities of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson as a TV announcer, go no further than the Wall Street Journal, which ranked the White Sox team as the TV announcing team in major league baseball with the most biased comments.
What exactly constitutes biased comments? That includes the use of the word "we." (Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen, some people are looking at you.) Also, pet names for players, excessive celebrating or moping.
In this review of one game of each baseball team, Harrelson accounted for 104 comments. The next highest total? 23, from the Cleveland TV team of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning. In fact, Harrelson's total is more than all the other American League teams' announcers COMBINED. OK, the White Sox count includes partner Steve Stone, but if the split is anything less than 100-4, color me shocked.
Harrelson, as you might expect, had no qualms. His comments to Journal reporter Jared Diamond: "You just made my day. That's the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball."
Need more evidence? Here is Harrelson's rant against umpire Matt Wegner from earlier in the season:
Small teams made the bulk of the teams following the White Sox. After a handful of teams in the double digits, the Twins TV announcers of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven ranked in a group with the Orioles, Nationals, Phillies and Padres with nine comments.
The WSJ review cited an example for each team, and the Minnesota example might underwhelm: "I hope there's no suspense. A nice, methodical win would be nice." Yes, Minnesotans used nice twice.
Bremer also offers as defense of homerism: "Former players have tremendous equity in the franchise they played for. From their perspective, I could imagine a strong desire to do well." Apparently, he didn't work in the words "major-league level."
Let's get right to it. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News said the 49ers were stunning in how flat they were in losing to the Vikings:
"The truth is, no team in the NFL is the greatest team of all time after just two weeks. And no team in this era goes undefeated, either. As the 49ers proved Sunday conclusively, in Week 3. The surprise, really, was in the exact way the 49ers decided to go non-undefeated. Simply put, they showed up here at the Mall of America Field and decided to go shopping at Flatness R Us. That sort of flatness has happened so seldom under coach Jim Harbaugh, it was rather stunning.
Go here for the rest of Purdy's column.
The San Francisco Chronicle's 49ers blog offered 10 postgame impressions, including one about the use of Randy Moss:
"Going to Randy Moss, the former Viking, was a mistake. The 49ers tried to get the ball to him early, but he only caught three of six passes thrown his way for 27 yards. Those were plays that could have gone to Frank Gore and the running game. The chemistry with Alex Smith is clearly not there and it’s not all Moss’ fault. Smith had him open at the goal line in the first half and overthrew him."
Here's the rest of that post.
The San Francisco edition of Bleacher Report decided to distribute the blame for "the embarrassing loss" to the Vikings here.
The Mercury News offered this review of Randy Moss' day at the Metrodome, saying that he barely made a peep.
And finally, this video from the CSN Bay Area duo of Matt and Mandi, headlined "49ers beaten by a team that's not as good."
Enjoy, Vikings fans.
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