John Skelton Injury: Updates on Cardinal QB's Ankle Injury

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

The Arizona Cardinals need a lot to go right this season, but their hopes just got bleaker, as John Skelton was carted off the field in the first game.

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Skelton is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, according to Darren Urban of the team's official website.

Dockett, Heap, Stephens-Howling all inactive today for Cards. Also inactive: Dray, Kelemete, Skelton, Byrd. #MIAvsAZ

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 30, 2012

The Cardinals signal-caller hasn't seen the field since getting knocked out in the season-opener, but that hasn't stopped Kevin Kolb from leading this team to three-straight victories.

As long as Kolb keeps winning, there is no reason for the organization to rush Skelton back. It's likely he is going to hold the clipboard once he can suit up and should return to the backup duty he held at the start of last season.

We'll keep you updated right here with any more news concerning Skelton's return from ankle injury and how Arizona plans to use the QB when healthy. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:13 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Skelton was one of six Cardinals players who were limited in practice, according to Cardinals' team reporter Darren Urban:

6 Cards limited: QB Skelton (ankle), S Wilson (ankle/groin), P Zastudil (calf), S Johnson (hamstring), G Snyder (elbow), LB Schofield (knee)

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 26, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 8:21 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

John Skelton (ankle) announced on Twitter that he is still two weeks away from returning.

Ankle feels a whole lot better. Two weeks out now. Ready to get back out there and join in on this fun. #birdgang

— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) September 24, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Kevin Kolb is going to start for the Cardinals in their Week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to Darren Urban of, John Skelton is inactive with the ankle injury that has plagued him since Week 1. 

Since Kolb was able to lead the Cards to a win over the Patriots in Week 2, he was a shoo-in to start this week.

The former Eagles signal-caller could remain installed in that position for the foreseeable future--especially if the Cardinals continue their unbeaten streak.

Well keep you updated right here on B/R with any more breaking news, updates, opinions and analysis on Skelton's recovery from injury and any depth chart changes to the QB position in Arizona.


UPDATE: Tuesday, September 18 at 2:20 p.m. ET

Instead of waiting for beat writers to report his status, Cardinals QB John Skelton took to Twitter to tweet out his latest update:

Ankle continues to improve. I guess the 5 hours of treatment daily is helping. @brandonsteauxn…

— John Skelton (@johnskelton19) September 18, 2012


Update: Monday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

With the Cardinals finding a way to win at New England in Week 2, the cries for John Skelton to return might silence for at least a week. 

That's good news, because according to Darren Urban of the team's official site, Skelton is uncertain for practice this week. 

(Head coach Ken) Whisenhunt isn’t sure if QB John Skelton will practice this week. Skelton is walking around, but he needs to be able to do the quarterback movements important in the pocket.

The Cardinals are a team that is going to succeed or fail this season based on what happens with their defense and running game. Any production they can get out of the quarterback position is almost an added bonus. 



Update: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. ET

John Skelton's low ankle sprain isn't a severe injury, but it's going to be serious enough to keep him out for up to a month. 

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has the scoop: 

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Skelton currently is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a low ankle sprain that initially was believed to be the more serious high ankle sprain.

Backup QB Kevin Kolb will definitely get the starting nod against the New England Patriots in Week 2, and may remain installed as the No. 1 signalcaller for Week 3 when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kolb also has a chance to be the starter against the Miami Dolphins in Week 4 and St. Louis Rams in Week 5. 

Keep it tuned here for more breaking news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on John Skelton's ankle sprain and what it means for the Cardinals. 

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Update: Monday, Sept. 10 at 2:25 p.m. ET

The Cardinals' official Twitter feed reports Skelton's injury has been diagnosed as a low ankle sprain. No timetable has been given for his return, but he has not yet been counted out for the team's Week 2 game against the New England Patriots.

QB John Skelton has a low ankle sprain. Whisenhunt did not mention a time frame on the injury but he did not rule Skelton out for Sunday.

— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 10, 2012

Well, it seems like he avoided the worst possible scenarios, including the dreaded high ankle sprain. The fact the team was willing to leave the door open for next weekend's game is a sign he will be back sooner rather than later.

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Update: Monday, Sept. 10 at 1:55 p.m. ET

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports Skelton's injury doesn't appear as serious as first thought, but the Cardinals haven't announced his current status.

Cardinals are optimistic QB John Skelton's ankle injury not as bad as it seemed, and is a sprain and not broken, but still evaluating it

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 10, 2012

Meanwhile, NFL reporter Adam Caplan says the Cardinals have been seeking a potential replacement just in case Skelton is forced to miss time.

While Skelton's X-rays were negative on his ankle, the Cardinals have been calling around for QBs, per sources.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 10, 2012

Backup quarterback Kevin Kolb led the Cardinals on a game-winning scoring drive after entering the game, so the team has a lot of decisions that will need to get made before next week. More should be known in the next few days.

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UPDATE: September 9 at 10:12 p.m. ET

According to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the injury is only a sprain. Cardinals writer Darren Urban tweeted the news:


Whiz on Skelton: “Regarding the injury 2 John’s right ankle, preliminary tests indicate there is no fracture and it appears to be a sprain."

— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 10, 2012


While this is positive news for long-term prospects, it will likely still keep the quarterback away from the team for at least a week or two. More information will come out in the next few days but for now it seems like this is Kevin Kolb's chance to shine.

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NFL Network reporter Albert Breer had the first response with his tweet:


Not good ... Skelton being loaded on to the cart. And in will come Kevin Kolb.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 9, 2012


According to Sports Illustrated writer Jim Trotter, the injury to Skelton's ankle is serious enough that he will not be returning in the game.


announcement: skelton has a right ankle injury. will not return.

— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 9, 2012


The quarterback was not performing well at the time of his injury. His team was losing in the fourth quarter to division rival Seattle Seahawks by a score of 16-13 and they could not get much going offensively. Personally, Skelton was 14-of-28 for 129 yards and an interception.

When replacement and former starter Kevin Kolb came into the game, he led the offense down the field with a go-ahead drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

Skelton earned the starting job out of training camp due to his composure and leadership with the team. His quarterback rating 68.9 was the third-lowest in the NFL among qualified players last season, but the Cardinals finished 7-2 when he took over. With Kolb at the helm, the team was 1-6.

If Skelton is out for any duration, Kolb should be able handle the duties as well as any backup in the league. He has 16 career starts, and although he has had mixed results, the team should be able to trust his experience.

However, head coach Ken Whisenhunt might have a controversy on his hands when his starter returns to action.



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