Cardinals: Anderson Out, Skelton & Bartel In

Derek Anderson is likely headed out as the starting quarterback, leaving John Skelton and Richard Bartel next in line.

A week ago, coach Ken Whisenhunt defended quarterback Derek Anderson, saying that despite Anderson's struggles, he gave the team its best chance to win.

A week later, Whisenhunt isn't giving Anderson any endorsements. Anderson continued his poor play against the Rams Sunday and was replaced in the third quarter after completing just seven of 20 passes.

Anderson, as it turns out, might have suffered a concussion in the first half, and he is being evaluated because of symptoms. But even without the injury, Whisenhunt likely would have made the move to bring in rookie Max Hall.

"I thought we did some good things at the start of the game that showed we have a chance to be a pretty decent team," Whisenhunt said, "but, then, obviously we didn't get it done at the quarterback position through the course of the game. And that really hurt us."

Whisenhunt called for passes on Hall's first three plays, even though the Cardinals trailed by only six points. Hall was sacked on one, threw incomplete on the other and the third was intercepted.

On the next series, Hall suffered a dislocated left shoulder while recovering his own fumble.

That brought rookie John Skelton into the game, and he threw darts on his first two attempts, one for 22 yards and one for 19. But his inexperience did show. He missed a route adjustment and was called for grounding. And he failed to adjust a protection.

On Monday, Whisenhunt said the team has suffered all season because of quarterback play, and it's worth noting that he didn't say Anderson would keep the job if healthy.

But it's not as if Whisenhunt is anxious to give Skelton extended time. He doesn't think Skelton is ready, but he might not have a choice when it comes to starting him.

Skelton will likely battle newcomer Richard Bartel for the starting position this week. Bartel was signed Tuesday from the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.

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