Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton diagnosed with low-right-ankle sprain by Bob McManaman - Sept. 10, 2012 11:41 AM azcentral sports .
From the pained look on John Skelton's face to the concerned expressions of his teammates, many of whom gathered around him Sunday as they waited for a cart to wheel him off the field, you just didn't get the feeling the news was going to be good.
But Monday morning did, indeed, bring good news. Tests and further examination following the Cardinals' season-opening 20-16 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks revealed Arizona's starting quarterback suffered only a low right-ankle sprain.
It wasn't the high-ankle sprain coach Ken Whisenhunt and others feared, and there were no signs of a fracture or a broken bone.
"We don't think it's going to be something that will hold him out too long," Whisenhunt said during his Monday news conference with reporters at the team's Tempe training facility.
Whisenhunt couldn't say how long Skelton would be out, suggesting it would be how the player responds to treatment this week, but added, "It's a lot better news that it's a low ankle instead of a high-ankle sprain and obviously, where we were yesterday when he was down on the field, it's a lot better news."
Whisenhunt said he couldn't rule Skelton completely out for Sunday's game at the New England Patriots, though all signs point to Kevin Kolb starting the game.
X-rays negative for Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb, MRI scheduled Whisenhunt not sure who will start Sunday vs. Vikings By Bob McManaman azcentral sports Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:34 PM
If you’re looking for an answer as to who will be the starting quarterback when the Cardinals play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, don’t ask head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
He isn’t sure yet, either.
“I don’t think we have to make any decisions like that (now). It’s very early for us to even talk about that right now,” Whisenhunt said Monday, a day after the Cardinals lost 19-16 in overtime to the visiting Buffalo Bills and lost quarterback Kevin Kolb with a chest injury.
“… It’s not going to change how we plan for this week, but I can’t tell you right now (who is going to start).”
X-rays on Kolb’s ribs and sternum came back negative, but he was scheduled to have an MRI later Monday to make sure he didn’t suffer and fractures or cracks to his ribcage.
“He was pretty sore this morning, which you would expect, but he was moving around,” Whisenhunt said.
*There are some rumblings that Colts backup quarterback Drew Stanton may follow Bruce Arians out west to Arizona. Arians was impressed with how Stanton performed in preseason and practiced all season with the Colts, and he needs a quarterback. The fact that Stanton knows Arians’ offense and fits in it gives Stanton an edge. Stanton is likely to have multiple suitors, but the Cardinals’ opportunity might be the most intriguing for him because it could be his best chance to be a starter.