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Kolb Bounces Back

Notebook: QB happy to be back on the field; Butler's return; Bills' pained "soul"


Quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) is confident the Cards' offense will rebound after a difficult game in St. Louis.

With nearly a week gone since a loss in St. Louis, Kevin Kolb is confident the Cardinals will rebound.

After the Cards returned from St. Louis following their 17-3 loss, coach Ken Whisenhunt said his team was only a few plays away from being undefeated. With a weekend away to reflect and refresh his battered body, his quarterback agreed.

"The plays are there," Kolb said. "For the most part, we've been making them all year. We have a lot of talented guys on both sides of the ball and we have faith on them.

"If we just hit on half of them, which we've been doing, the game's a totally different ball game. But that's why it's the NFL. It's not always going to be perfect."

The Cardinals saw that first hand Thursday.

Kolb was sacked nine times by the Rams and he's been sent to the ground 17 times in the last two games. But Kolb wouldn't lay the blame on any one area.

"It's always a combination," he said. "Obviously, the line, they get blamed for it. It's on me. It's on communication from the very beginning. That's been pretty good most of the time."

At 4-1, the Cardinals still remain atop the NFC West alongside the San Francisco 49ers. With the Buffalo Bills up next Sunday, Kolb said the few days away helped physically and mentally.

"We've got a lot of dings, as does every team in the NFL, but as hard as it was to play in that turnaround Thursday night, it is nice to have a few days off to relax and get your body back right," he said.


When the Denver Broncos called Crezdon Butler earlier this month, his injured hamstring hadn't yet healed fully and he wasn't ready to play. A week later the Cardinals called and Butler, who was healthy and ready to get back into football, accepted their offer to return to Arizona.

"It's a good feeling being around some guys that you know and that you know the system," said Butler, who returned when running back Ryan Williams was placed on injured reserve. "It feels good to be back."

The Cardinals waived Butler during final cuts after the preseason. He signed with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 1 and was released by them on Sept. 25. With Michael Adams and Greg Toler both dealing with hamstring injuries, the Cardinals needed extra depth at the position.

Butler, a cornerback, isn't sure where he'll fit in the Cardinals' defense but "what they tell me to do, I'm going to do it."


After losing its last two, this Buffalo Bills team is hurt, its head coach said Wednesday.

But not hurt in the unable-to-perform way.

"Your soul is hurt," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "You hurt in your heart. You hurt in your brain. You hurt everywhere when you do not play well. If you are any kind of competitor you are hurt. You want to go out and try to rectify it."

Buffalo is coming off two blowouts, losing 52-28 to New England on Sept. 30 and 45-3 to San Francisco last weekend. But playing hurt is building character, Gailey said.

"Injured means you cannot go," he said. "Hurt means you learn to play through it and you try to overcome the deficiency that you have to continue to be successful."


Adams, Toler, linebacker Quentin Groves (hamstring), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee), and linebacker Reggie Walker (head) did not practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring), tight ends Jim Dray (knee) and Todd Heap (knee), linebacker O'Brien Schofield (knee) and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (knee) were limited.

Running back William Powell (head), quarterback John Skelton (ankle) and guard Adam Snyder (elbow) all went through a full practice.

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