Arizona Cardinals' QB Kevin Kolb to Miss 'Several Weeks' with Rib Injury

Shaun Church@@NFLChurchContributor IOctober 16, 2012

Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback (4) Kevin Kolb reacts after suffering an injury in the the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kevin Kolb will miss significant time with the rib injury he suffered Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Schefter said Kolb had multiple ribs detach from his sternum as well as “suffering a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his chest area.”

There is no timetable for his return as of yet, but Schefter did say Kolb will miss “several weeks” due to the severity of the injury.

What that means is John Skelton will be given the reins back as starting quarterback. With no one looking over his shoulder trying to take the job away, Skelton can now settle in and get comfortable in the offense.

The team has backed him in the past, and now, it needs him more than ever.

When he took over for an injured Kolb last season, the team was 1-6 and out of any playoff scenario. Now, it is 4-2 and tied with Seattle and San Francisco for the NFC West lead. It has lost two straight games after starting 4-0 and is in need of a momentum-swinging win.

He can deliver—he has in the past.

He needs to be more consistent, however. Kolb proved he could step up and “manage” the offense at an efficient enough rate to get wins. The literal football is in Skelton’s hands now. It is time he becomes the quarterback he has the potential to be.

The defense will be good; that much we know. William Powell showed flashes last week of the NFL’s preseason leading rusher, gaining big chunks of yards in the second half.

Larry Fitzgerald is there to help as always. Rookie Michael Floyd is starting to show why he was drafted as highly as he was, making difficult catches look routine. Tight end Rob Housler is beginning to emerge.

He can do it. Skelton can lead the Arizona Cardinals to victory in Minnesota and beyond.

It is time to support your starting quarterback, Cardinals fans. Like it or not, he is here to stay at least until Kolb is healthy.