Kolb To Miss Several Weeks With Rib Injury

Kolb out several weeks with rib injury

10/16/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Kolb To Miss Several Weeks With Rib InjuryArizona Cardinals' quarterback Kevin Kolb is expected to miss several weeks after having multiple ribs detach from his sternum in Sunday's loss to the Bills. Kolb had a brilliant start to the season, leading his team to a 4-0 record and putting up very solid numbers in the process. However, it was only a matter of time before the Cardinals' miserable offensive line allowed for the destruction of their quarterback.

In Kolb's absence, John Skelton will resume starting duties for the Cardinals. Skelton was the opening day starter in Arizona, but was forced from the game with an injury. After Kolb's impressive performance led to a win, the Cardinals decided to go forward with Kolb under center. With Kolb injured, Skelton will get another chance to prove himself to the Cardinals' coaching staff.

Skelton was put in a similar situation last season, in which he got the start for an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 9 and led the 1-6 Cardinals to their first victory since opening weekend. Skelton managed to go 5-2 as the starter, though he put up terrible numbers. He completed less than 55% of his passes, had an 11:14 touchdown to interception ratio, and boasted a 68.9 quarterback rating.

Hopefully for the Cardinals, the players will rally around Skelton as they did last year. It will be incredibly difficult, however, with one of the league's worst offensive lines and the team's top two running backs sidelined. Fortunately, they have a spectacular defense that has held teams to less than 20 points in all but one game this season.

The Cardinals are now in a three-way tie atop the NFC West with the Seahawks and 49ers, so Skelton will have to bring back some of his 2011 magic if he wants his team to have a shot at the division title.
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