Cardinals make it official, they'll go with Skelton at QB

The Arizona Cardinals have made it official: Rookie John Skelton will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s not like the Cardinals had much of a choice. Or any choice really. Veteran Derek Anderson has not yet been cleared to return from a concussion, fellow rookie Max Hall was placed on injured reserve and Richard Bartel was signed on Tuesday.

John Skelton, come on down.

“Didn’t really have a choice,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said, according to Darren Urban, who writes for the team’s Web site. “We’re hoping he’ll get in there and handle it well and make some plays for us.”

Whisenhunt said just more than a week ago that he did not want to play Skelton this season because he wasn’t ready and sometimes turning to a player too soon can have far-reaching negative effects. The Cardinals are hoping Andeson will be cleared in time to serve as the No. 3 quarterback for the game. Per the report, Bartel will be the backup.

What is Skelton looking for?

“A win,” he said. “I think that would help everyone involved in the locker room. Getting a win no matter how we get it, will be our No. 1 goal.”

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