Cardinals hope to get Kolb back soon

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Arizona will start quarterback Kevin Kolb as soon as he's healthy, because it has too much invested in him to be on the sideline.

The Cardinals will start quarterback Kevin Kolb as soon as he's healthy, because they have too much invested in him to let him sit for several weeks.

Kolb missed Sunday's 19-13 overtime victory over the Rams because of a foot injury that included turf toe.

There are no guarantees that Kolb will be healthy enough to play this Sunday against his old team, the Eagles, in Philadelphia. Kolb did nothing in practice last week, and while the foot/toe injury improved greatly, it's still sore.

In addition to the toe injury, Kolb suffered a sprain to ligaments in the mid-foot and a bone bruise.

John Skelton started against the Rams and did nothing to ignite talk of a quarterback controversy. Not that Skelton was horrible. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 222 yards. He scrambled twice for first downs, wasn't intercepted and didn't fumble.

"He was poised," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I think that's the most important thing."

Skelton's performance showed the Cardinals don't need to rush Kolb back to the lineup. Kolb remains the team's quarterback of the present and the future, but there are things he might be able to learn while sitting out.

For instance, Skelton did an excellent job of moving in the pocket to create more time for himself. That's something with which Kolb has struggled all year.

Kolb is looking forward to playing against the Eagles, where he spent his first four seasons. So far, the trade to obtain Kolb hasn't worked out for the Cardinals. They dealt cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick in 2012 for Kolb, who they quickly signed to a five-year, $63 million deal.

Rodgers-Cromartie is playing in nickel and dime packages for the Eagles but he hasn't starred.

Neither has Kolb, who has regressed over the past month. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes in the first three games, but that has dropped around 10 percentage points over his latest four contests. He has eight interceptions with eight touchdowns and has been sacked 24 times.

Kolb is struggling in an offense that's much different than what he was accustomed to with the Eagles.

Through half the season, Kolb has been antsy in the pocket, often leaving it too soon. He hasn't been adept at buying himself time, either, and he has a bad habit of retreating when under pressure. Too often, he's turned what should have been a six-yard sack into a 10- or 12-yard loss.

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