John Skelton carted off in Arizona

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The Cardinals are turning back to Kevin Kolb.

It’s out of necessity as opposed to desire, however. Quarterback John Skelton took a big hit while delivering a pass to Andre Roberts and immediately grabbed his right leg when he went to the ground. Skelton wasn’t able to get back to his feet on the field and trainers applied an air cast to the leg before helping Skelton onto a cart.

The word is that Skelton suffered an injury to his ankle. It looked like a serious injury, although we’ll obviously wait for comment from the Cardinals before jumping to any conclusions. Skelton had a good first half in helping the Cardinals grab a 10-3 halftime lead, but the Seahawks have used a couple of big Leon Washington returns and a Skelton interception to snatch a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter.

Third quarterback Ryan Lindley is inactive today, so the Cardinals are going to need Kolb to avoid injury for the rest of the day. Kolb will also have to rally his team back to start the season with a victory.

UPDATE 7:31 p.m. ET: Kolb’s put the Cardinals back in the lead. He hit Roberts for a go-ahead touchdown with five minutes to play while Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was trying to get the officials’ attention to call timeout. It’s now 20-16 Cards.