Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/30/11
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. "I think that we're certainly a lot more optimistic about him being able to go this week," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's really going to depend on where he is Wednesday and as the week progresses, but he made enough progress last week that you feel good about him being able to do it this week." NOTES, QUOTES --Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald teased Beanie Wells, calling him "Paul Pierce", the Celtics player who left an NBA Finals game with a knee injury only to return later in perfect health. Wells has been nursing a knee injury, and he went down in the fourth quarter against the Rams after getting the joint twisted. After his return, Wells busted a 53-yard run, setting up a field goal that proved to be the final margin. "He Paul Pierced us, and he got caught from behind twice on two long runs," Fitzgerald said. "But we still love him. And there isn't anybody we'd rather have back there running the ball for us." --Rookie outside linebacker Sam Acho had two sacks Sunday, giving him five for the season. He has started the last five games. "It doesn't take very long to figure out when you're around Sam how smart he is," Whisenhunt said. "He's got athletic ability, but he makes plays because he understands where he needs to be and what he needs to do. What a good young man and a good young player." --Patrick Peterson was "very, very surprised" that the Rams punted to him in the third quarter. The 55-yard kick from Donnie Jones was in the middle of the field. Peterson returned it for his fourth touchdown this season. "My hat goes off to the 10 guys in front of me," Peterson said. "Those guys definitely made it possible for me to continue running balls back." --RB Chester Taylor has passed Alfonso Smith to become Beanie Wells' backup again. Taylor, however, is not going to get the ball more than a few times a game unless Wells suffers an injury. --TE Todd Heap played more last week after missing most of the previous six games with a hamstring injury. Heap wasn't targeted in the pass game but did a nice job of blocking.
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