Cardinals will turn to another rookie quarterback

It looks like the Arizona Cardinals will be forced to turn to the quarterback Ken Whisenhunt said he didn’t want to have to play this season because of what playing him before he’s ready might do to his development.

John Skelton, the rookie from Fordham, is expected to start on Sunday when the Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at University of Phoenix Stadium. He’ll be the third starter for the Cardinals this season. Fellow rookie Max Hall has been placed on injured reserve and veteran Derek Anderson is sidelined with a concussion and has not been cleared for a return to practice, according to Darren Urban, who writes for the team’s Web site.

The Cardinals have signed Richard Bartel, who spent time in preseason with the Washington Redskins, but it’s almost a certainty they will go with Skelton, who has been with the team since the offseason. This just goes to show you how long and harrowing the fall can be when an organization loses a franchise quarterback like Kurt Warner. Forget competing for the playoffs, the Cardinals are struggling to compete, period, without Warner.

After Anderson’s meltdown last week to the San Francisco 49ers, Whisenhunt was grilled on the quarterback position and he said he didn’t want to play Skelton because he didn’t believe he was ready. That’s how quickly things can change.

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