The Arizona Cardinals have announced that starting quarterback John Skelton will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a low ankle sprain that he suffered during the team’s season opening win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Skelton went down after a less than stellar performance in his first three quarters of play, and he has to be the lest bit worried that even when he does come back, he may not regain his starting job.
That will all depend on how Kevin Kolb plays in his absence. The high priced back-up QB got off to a good start on Sunday as he led the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory after filling in for Skelton late in the game. Skelton was just 14/28 for 149 yards. He threw no touchdowns and was intercepted once. Kolb, however, came in and went 6/8 on the game winning drive while throwing the winning TD to Andre Roberts late in the fourth quarter.
The next couple of games will determine who leads the Cardinals in the huddle going forward. With what they gave up to acquire Kolb, as well as what it cost to keep him in the desert long term, Arizona almost has to go back to Kolb and hope that he can play up to the level he once did, which caused the Cardinals to give up so much to bring him in in the first place.
While it is surprising that a low ankle sprain could cost Skelton as much as a month, it could not be a better opportunity for Kolb to prove once more that he should be the starter under center in Arizona. But depending on just how many games Skelton is forced to miss, the schedule will not make things easier for Kolb.
The Cardinals will be on the road next Sunday to take on the New England Patriots, who played much better defensively than many had expected in a 34-13 win over the Tennessee Titans. The following Sunday, Arizona will return home to face the team from whom they acquired Kolb a season ago, the Philadelphia Eagles.
But if Skelton is still out and, provided Kolb does not play himself out of the competition, he could get to feast on the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.
Upon Skelton’s return and after watching Kolb’s performance, head coach Ken Whisenhunt will have another quarterback decision to make for his team going forward.