It sounds like rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will get another shot to start for the Cardinals, after his four-interception debut.
But as with all things Cardinals quarterbacks this year, that comes with an asterisk.
Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that Lindley would start again if Kevin Kolb wasn’t healthy, making it reasonable to wonder if John Skelton will ever see the light of day again.
Two of Lindley’s picks were returned for touchdowns in the Cards loss to the Rams, their seventh straight after a 4-0 start.
“Yes. We stay with Ryan,” Whisenhunt said of the non-Kolb condition, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Listen, let’s start this thing off by saying you can’t have those interceptions. But in the first half, I thought he did a really nice job. He moved in the pocket, was decisive, managed it, made some good throws. We had three scoring drives in the first half, 17 points and over 200 yards of offense, possession time, was good on third down. I felt that we did a lot of good things, even with the pick-six.
“And the first pick-six, that was a mistake in his read. That can happen. The one in the second half, you have to learn from those. He made a bad decision. That’s what you have to see, can he learn from that? There was nobody more upset about than him, especially after the game. He was torn up because he knows he can’t do that.”
In Arizona he can, because they’re running out of options.
Asked if Kolb might be ready to return from a rib injury this week, Whisenhunt said he wasn’t sure yet.
“I don’t know where Kevin is health-wise,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s making progress but as far as being ready for a game, that’s something we can’t determine until we see where he is Wednesday.”
Short of Kurt Warner coming back, it’s hard to imagine how any shuffling of the current deck chairs is going to matter that much.