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It’s a low ankle sprain for John Skelton

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Skelton lies on the turf after sustaining an injury during the second half of their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Phoenix Reuters

When watching Cardinals quarterback John Skelton go down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, it was hard not to feel like he’d suffered a very serious injury.

Skelton’s right ankle was quickly placed in an air cast and he was carted off the field a short time later. The images told you to expect to hear bad news about Skelton’s outlook sometime Sunday night or Monday. The best case scenario seemed to be the dreaded high ankle sprain, which would likely cost Skelton about a month as he recovered.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has updated the media in Arizona about Skelton and the news isn’t all that bad. Darren Urban of the team’s website passes along word that Skelton suffered a low ankle sprain, a diagnosis that Whisenhunt described as “good news.” The coach wouldn’t talk about the time frame for Skelton’s return at all, but also wouldn’t rule Skelton out for the Week Two date with the Patriots.

That’s very different than ruling Skelton in, of course, and there’s a pretty good chance Kevin Kolb starts for the Cardinals. Kolb led the team on the winning touchdown drive after Skelton’s injury, completing 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards in the process and looking good while getting the ball out fast to his receivers. That’s a welcome change from what the Cardinals saw in the preseason and it probably gives Kolb a chance to prove he can play well enough to hold the job even after Skelton’s healthy.

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16 Responses to “It’s a low ankle sprain for John Skelton”
  1. mrplow3 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:34 PM

    Kolb was clutch. Losing his job may be just the thing to bring out the potential we saw from him in Philly.

    I say give Kolb another week. It’s not like Skelton is Tom Brady. He was playing badly, couldn’t get the ball to Fitz in any way.

  2. rjg427 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:39 PM

    Sounds like is regular diagnoses of Beanie Wells…”Its only a low ankle sprain (of the high ankle sprain type), we consider him day to day (he’ll be out 4-6 weeks, but we’ll lead you to believe that he’s a game time decision each week)..

    as bad as they say belichick is with injury reports, I find Whisenhunt’s strategy much more annoying..Im sure we’ll hear skelton swear that he lock to play week to week

  3. robertopicadillo says: Sep 10, 2012 2:40 PM

    hope he gets well soon, the way he looked after the injury i thought it was going to be severe. but even if he didnt get hurt the cards should still be players in the qb market.

  4. chesslungo says: Sep 10, 2012 2:55 PM

    He had to come out for that? Bench him bring in the 60 million dollar man

  5. homelanddefense says: Sep 10, 2012 3:13 PM

    did I read somewhere that he needed an air cast to get off the field? For a ankle sprain?

    I had one so bad once that the DR diagnosed it as broken before xrays, and I walked off the court. Basically what Im saying is Skelton doesnt seem like the toughest dude out there.

  6. mancave001 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    Told you, AZ fans. Don’t count Kolb out yet.

  7. JSpicoli says: Sep 10, 2012 3:33 PM

    Skelton is obviously one of those people that needs gas to get his teeth cleaned.

  8. cowboyscountry says: Sep 10, 2012 3:39 PM

    Pfft. Romo got a broken rib/collapsed lung and he manned up and played through the pain. Boy, am I glad we have tough guys on our team.

  9. trollaikman8 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    I guess a low ankle sprain is better than a high ankle sprain?

  10. essentialsausage says: Sep 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    Bad news for the Cardinals. Relying on Kevin Kolb is a recipe for disaster.

  11. iknoweverythingdk says: Sep 10, 2012 4:53 PM

    Whats Donovans cell #?

  12. krakyahead says: Sep 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    Does it really matter ?

    Skelton and Kolb are poor excuses for NFL caliber starting QBS shame on the Cardinals front office for not having a backup plan to the backp plan.

  13. dstep24 says: Sep 10, 2012 5:20 PM

    Wait….that’s all it was?

    Did he just want a cart ride or something?

  14. pongonfl says: Sep 10, 2012 5:43 PM

    Kolb not only immediately got the ball out, he immediately go the ball out to number 11, who was not getting the ball all day.
    = win.
    We have all had ankle sprains, from what Skelton was doing, it was no normal ankle sprain.

  15. chadmiddleton says: Sep 10, 2012 5:45 PM

    Cards aren’t as bad as advertised. Wk 2 opponents ARI (8-2) and NE (9-1) have NFL’s best records in last 10 reg-season games.

  16. 06mustang says: Sep 10, 2012 11:48 PM

    Cards aren’t as bad as advertised. Wk 2 opponents ARI (8-2) and NE (9-1) have NFL’s best records in last 10 reg-season games.

    Dude, you know this? Impressive, but open the curtains!

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