Cardinals' QB Kolb expected to return

The Arizona Cardinals expect quarterback Kevin Kolb to play this week after missing four games due to a right foot injury.

The Cardinals expect quarterback Kevin Kolb to play this week after missing four games with a right foot injury.

Kolb practiced on a limited basis last week, and there was some consideration of having him be John Skelton's backup.

It was decided, however, that Kolb probably couldn't get warm enough should he have to enter the game without warning.

That shouldn't be the case this week. Kolb is still dealing with soreness, but he expects to be able to cope. He should be better off starting than he would be as a backup, because there wouldn't be a long period of down time.

The Cardinals need Kolb to play as soon as possible for a couple reasons. First, Skelton has struggled in his last two games, although the team has won three of four games in which he's started.

Skelton has four interceptions in the last two games, and his throws have been erratic.

Second, Kolb needs to play to gain experience in this offense. He was playing poorly when he was hurt. In his last three starts, he completed just 52 percent of his passes and had five interceptions and three touchdowns.

At 4-7, the Cardinals have no postseason hopes, so one of the biggest goals over the final five weeks will be developing Kolb.

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