Kevin Kolb’s star-crossed career in Arizona has taken another hit.
The Cardinals announced Tuesday that the quarterback has rib cartilage damage and will be sidelined for “an unspecified period of time.”
Kolb, who took over when starter John Skelton went down in the opener against the Seattle Seahawks and directed the game-winning drive, had the team at 4-2 despite weak play by his offensive line that had him sacked 22 times in the past three games.
The job will revert to Skelton, who beat out Kolb in the preseason and just now is returning to health from a sprained left ankle. Skelton was active Sunday for the first time since the injury.
Kolb also has a sprained sternoclavicular joint. Known commonly as the SC joint, it connects the breastbone to the collar bone.
The damage was discovered Monday in an MRI. The exam did not show any fractures on the ribs or sternum, which would have been far more serious.
Kolb will miss Sunday’s game at Minnesota and most likely the Oct. 29 Monday night showdown at home against San Francisco.
Kolb was hurt trying to make it to the line of scrimmage on a busted play late in the 19-16 overtime loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
Skelton, a 6-foot-6, strong-armed pocket passer, is 8-4 as a starter after being drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham.
BROWNS SALE OK’D
Mike Holmgren won’t be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.
New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition.
Haslam was introduced as the Browns’ new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles President Joe Banner would become chief executive officer. The move takes effect Oct. 25 when the sale is concluded.
Haslam plans no other personnel changes before 2013, meaning the jobs of coach Pat Shurmur and his staff and general manager Tom Heckert appear safe for now.
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