John Skelton earned the starting quarterback job this offseason in a heated position battle with Kevin Kolb. However, Skelton left last Sunday’s game in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury and Kolb stepped in and led the team on the winning touchdown drive over the Seattle Seahawks.
He went 6-8 for 66 yards and the game winning touchdown pass that game. Skelton is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with this injury.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday that Kolb would be the starter. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been reluctant to comment on it not confirming or denying, possibly to prevent giving New England an idea on who to prepare for. ESPN insider Adam Schefter also said via Twitter that Kevin Kolb will be starting.
Kolb faces a monumental task being 14 point underdogs vs New England. Not the easiest of opponents for a quarterback looking to earn back the starting job in Skelton’s absence.
“It’s disappointing. That’s obvious,” Kolb said, via the Arizona Republic when asked about not starting. “The one thing I’ve learned in this league, it’s full of surprises. You keep pressing forward. If you take time to sulk or feel sorry for yourself, you get left behind and the opportunity’s going to pass you by.”
It will be the first start for Kevin Kolb since he left a game early in last December with a concussion and it looks like he won’t have to deal with the disappointment for much longer.