Rookie QB Skelton will start for Arizona

Arizona rookie quarterback John Skelton will get his first NFL start when the Cardinals play the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the announcement after practice Friday. Skelton was considered the probable choice after Derek Anderson was sidelined with a concussion. The only other healthy quarterback is Richard Bartel, who was signed this week.

“I didn’t really have a lot of choice,” Whisenhunt said.

The coach said he hopes Anderson, who has yet to be cleared for play by doctors, will pass the required test Saturday and be the team’s third quarterback.

Arizona has lost seven in a row going into the game Sunday against the Broncos, whose coach, Josh McDaniels, was fired this week.


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