It’s a low ankle sprain for John Skelton


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.