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Skelton currently is expected to miss 2-4 weeks

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Cardinals starting quarterback John Skelton won’t be the starter, for at least a couple weeks.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Skelton currently is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a low ankle sprain that initially was believed to be the more serious high ankle sprain.

The situation remains fluid.  At one point on Monday, the thinking was that Skelton could be back by Week Three, when the Eagles come to town.  Instead, it appears that Kevin Kolb will get the call when the Cardinals go to New England in Week Two, host Kolb’s Eagles the next Sunday, possibly the Dolphins in Week Four, and even on the high end face the Rams when the Cardinals go to St. Louis on a short week for Week Five.

Of course, the speed with which Skelton’s ankle heals will be tied, indirectly at least, to the manner in which Kolb plays.  If Kolb finally starts earning the $27 million in checks he has cashed, Skelton may not be back to 100 percent for a while.

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12 Responses to “Skelton currently is expected to miss 2-4 weeks”
  1. kreedos says: Sep 11, 2012 8:30 AM

    Kolb has a solid chance at redemption. A true shot to do to quarterbacks what they’ve done to him over the years: Take the starting spot from an injured QB.

    Good luck Kolb, you’ll need it!

  2. cheapseater says: Sep 11, 2012 8:34 AM

    At least they have a serviceable backup…or co-starter…or whatever we should call Kolb at this point.

  3. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 11, 2012 8:40 AM

    Oh that awkward moment…when you demote your incumbent starter at the last minute, only to promote him to starter a week later after injury.

    Kidding aside – Kolb has a great opportunity. Fans want to see the Cardinals win. If Kolb can either lead the team to a victory or at the very least avoid costly mistakes, there’s a chance he could re-earn the starting job permanently.

    Believe me – Whisenhunt would love Kolb to go on a tear and become the QB everybody wanted him to be, which would redeem the brain trust that decided to acquire him. Here’s his chance.

  4. kingmj4891 says: Sep 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    Kolb or Skelton doesn’t matter Wisenhunt is as good as gone.

  5. Giantspunk213 says: Sep 11, 2012 8:51 AM

    Kolb you got another chance to take over as the starter and you better take advantage of it.

  6. nxsteven says: Sep 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    This schedule will hurt the Patriots in the long run. Facing a bunch of mediocre QB’s, at best, will just allow them to think they’re ready for the playoffs. Then the playoffs will come around and the Patriots will lose in the first round again.

    Last season the AFC playoffs were without Manning, Rivers. Big Ben only had one good foot. Texans were down to their third string QB. And, Tebow. Can’t giftwrap it any more then that.

    The second best QB in the AFC playoffs last season was Joe Flacco. That’s a shame.

  7. fordmandalay says: Sep 11, 2012 9:31 AM

    Skelton will return right at the time fragile flower Kolb is injured and out for 8 games. Then it will be Skelton’s turn again when he breaks a nail and writhes on the field in agony, and has to be carted off.

  8. sj39 says: Sep 11, 2012 9:35 AM

    Not a fovorable strech for Kolb, to be sure.

  9. theandy59 says: Sep 11, 2012 9:48 AM

    nxsteven says: Sep 11, 2012 8:58 AM

    This schedule will hurt the Patriots in the long run. Facing a bunch of mediocre QB’s, at best, will just allow them to think they’re ready for the playoffs. Then the playoffs will come around and the Patriots will lose in the first round again.

    Last season the AFC playoffs were without Manning, Rivers. Big Ben only had one good foot. Texans were down to their third string QB. And, Tebow. Can’t giftwrap it any more then that.

    The second best QB in the AFC playoffs last season was Joe Flacco. That’s a shame.
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    Outside of Brady, there really aren’t many elite QB’s in the AFC any more – Manning in Denver, maybe Schaub if he can stay healthy, maybe Flacco finally gets there, and I guess you could include Roethlisberger. The Patriots play 3 of those 4. That being the case, who’s going to come in to Foxboro with a mediocre QB and suddenly light it up and keep pace with New England’s offense?

  10. mittywalter says: Sep 11, 2012 9:49 AM

    Best bet for the Cards is to start Lindley, have him fake an injury and continue to writhe around in pain — that’s when you make the QB switch. The important thing is that you don’t start Kevin Kolb.

  11. azfiremagoo says: Sep 11, 2012 10:40 AM

    I would be fime with Kolb againsy Philly. Last year he was advising Skelton from the sideline on their blitzes. Good knowledge of that D and our D can put vick on his back again.

  12. phinfan says: Sep 11, 2012 2:00 PM

    As sad as this franchise is… they are still good enough to beat Miami which makes it worse for us :(

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