Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/25/11
TEMPE, Ariz. Hold off on those Kevin Kolb return stories. It appears we jumped the gun. Following a third straight day of limited reps, Kolb is still questionable for Sundays game in St. Louis with lingering turf toe and bone bruise issues, while backup quarterback John Skelton sure sounded like a guy about to make his fourth straight start and second in four weeks against the Rams. "Theres a sense of familiarity," said Skelton, who is coming off a rough start last week in San Francisco in which he completed just six passes while tossing three interceptions. "You always want to redeem yourself after a game like that one." Multiple concerns still remain for Kolb, including: Soreness in the foot on Thursday and Friday; The rust level after missing three straight games; The swelling that may be created by a cross-country flight; And the impact of the Edward Jones Domes turf on what, by all accounts, has been a very painful injury If you saw his foot the day after the Baltimore game, it was bad, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. You knew at that point that there was going to be a time period to come back. Thats where these guys make their money, with their feet, being able to move in the pocket and having to plant off of it and turn and torque. Kevins done a great job of rehabbing it and trying to get back. It just takes a little bit of time. Maybe it was the second coming of the Rams that clouded our judgment. It seemed such a perfect point to jump back into the fray and get his confidence back against a poor opponent that the Cards have already beaten. Consider the alternative. If Kolb returns next week, hell get to face the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers in succession. Im no PR guy, but thats hardly setting your guy up for success in the eyes of a fan base that's already jumping off the Kolb bandwagon. And if Skelton wins in St. Louis, then gives way to Kolb for those next two games, we could have a full-fledged mutiny on our hands. But thats the trouble with injuries: You never know how severe or limiting they are, especially when NFL coaches regularly play the cat-and-mouse game when asked about them. If Whisenhunt had told everyone it might be three to four weeks from the outset, the expectations could have been set. Instead, we got the weekly game-time decision line, which may have been less than forthright. Either that or the length of the injury has caught everyone on the team off-guard. The thing that complicated it was both the injuries, Whisenhunt said. You dont really know what to expect when youre trying to come back from this thing, when youre putting it under pressure. If Kolb is still limited, there is absolutely no sense in rushing him back. There are no playoffs to chase. But with Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (NFL-high 14 sacks) and the 49ers' top-rated scoring defense looming, a schedule that appeared to favor Kolb now looks like another disadvantage.
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