Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/21/12
TEMPE, Ariz. Every Wednesday after practice, the Cardinals starting quarterback addresses the media under the famed shade tree at the teams Tempe practice complex. Perhaps it was this reality that led coach Ken Whisenhunt to tip his hand so early in the week. Before a single reporter could ask a question, Whisenhunt announced that rookie Ryan Lindley would make his first NFL start this Sunday when the Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The announcement wasnt surprising. Whisenhunt was so clearly frustrated with the play of John Skelton particularly all the plays hes been missing that he had already turned that page when he yanked Skelton after just one quarter in Atlanta last week. Hopefully he will give us a spark and play well, said Whisenhunt, who admitted that giving Lindley his first full week of preparation with the first team would help. It wont hurt. How long Lindley remains the starter is anyones guess. Erstwhile starter Kevin Kolb was on the practice field and listed as limited on the clubs official injury report Wednesday. Kolb has acknowledged that there are limits in twisting, but hes feeling well enough to make more throws, and deeper throws. Now it will be about his injured ribs response to that increased workload and the evaluation of team doctors. Kevins improving, Whisenhunt said. I think hes a lot closer now than he was a couple weeks ago. I think a big part of it is testing him in practice. As for Lindley, he was glad to learn his status so early in the week. It means a little more, he said of practicing with the first team. Theyre taking what you say a little more seriously. Lindley admitted that jitters and inexperience are still factors in his play. The biggest thing is just slowing the game down, he said. I think when I went in in the first half (at Atlanta), I kind of thought it was going to be faster than it was, and I tried to speed it up a little bit. But a half-seasons worth of practice reps and observation have him feeling comfortable with the offense. Ive still got steps to go before I master it and before Im out on the level with Mike (Miller, offensive coordinator) and John (McNulty, quarterbacks coach). I feel more comfortable this week than I did in weeks previous, so its just about going out there and executing now. When asked why he had made the switch, Whisenhunt focused on Lindleys play instead of addressing what Skelton had not done. He did a nice job handling the offense in a hostile situation with noise and being able to make the calls, Whisenhunt said. There didnt seem to be any struggles on his part. INJURY REPORT In addition to Kolb, DE Calais Campbell (calf) LG Daryn Colledge (foot), WR Early Doucet (ribs), CB William Gay (groin), FS Kerry Rhodes (back), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs), RB William Powell (shoulder), RB Alfonso Smith (illness) and S Justin Bethel (shoulder) were limited at Wednesdays practice. CB Jamell Fleming (back), TE Todd Heap (knee), TE Jeff King (knee), CB Greg Toler (hamstring), RB Beanie Wells (knee) and LS Mike Leach (back) practiced in full. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
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