Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 12/12/12
TEMPE, Ariz. The Cardinals placed Kevin Kolb on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season. The writing for that move was on the wall when the Cards signed quarterback Brian Hoyer off waivers on Monday. When asked if this move was a possibility on Monday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said that would be a medical decision, but he no longer seemed hopeful that Kolb would return this season -- a feeling backed by Kolbs statements last week that his healing ribs just arent where they need to be to play. To be totally honest with you, the last couple weeks when I really try to push it in the weight room and when I really try to push the ball downfield is when Im kind of hitting that wall, Kolb said on Dec. 5. Kolb said it's not so much pain that has been holding him back as a lack of function. He also revealed that when the injury occurred, the ribs actually went under his sternum, where they are calcifying, instead of lying flush with the sternum as is typical. Thats how theyre trying to heal, he said. Thats kind of what extends the process. Kolb later said he had no plans to correct the problem through surgery, but its unclear whether that stance has changed now that his season is over. In two seasons in Arizona, Kolb has played in 15 of a possible 32 games, making 14 starts, completing 194 of 319 passes (60.8 percent) for 3,124 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kolb has been sacked a whopping 57 times. This season, Kolb completed 109 of 183 passes for 1,169 yards, eight TDs and three INTs. In his absence, the position has been shared by John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, who have combined to complete 167 of 321 (52 percent) for 1,639 yards with two TDs and 14 INTs. Its an amazing juxtaposition when you consider Whisenhunt named Skelton the starter at the beginning of the season. Kolb was injured late when he was tackled on a busted play late in the Cardinals' game vs. Buffalo on Oct. 14. His future with the club is unclear, and nobody in the organization has addressed the topic. It is highly unlikely the Cardinals will pay Kolb what is believed to be a 9 million salary in 2013 and a 2 million roster bonus in March. If he is going to return, that deal will have to reworked. The 2013 quarterback draft class is not highly regarded, nor is the expected group of free agents, although the 49ers' Alex Smith could be available either via trade or in free agency, depending on what the 49ers do with him now that Colin Kaepernick has assumed the starters role. Kolb may very well be the best option available. To fill Kolbs roster spot, the Cards signed guardcenter Mike Gibson, whowas with the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp this year until he was released on Aug. 31. Prior to Philadelphia, he spent three seasons and made eight starts with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a sixth-round draft choice in 2008 out of California. Gibson will add depth along the line after the Cards placed center Rich Ohrnberger on IR on Monday. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
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