TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Kolb lost his starting job in Philadelphia, then went to Arizona and lost it there, too.
But John Skelton's injury has given Kolb a measure of redemption. Now, Kolb gets a chance to embellish his comeback with a game against the Eagles team that traded him away.
That's as long as he remains the Cardinals' starting quarterback, and while coach Ken Whisenhunt won't say so, there's little reason to believe he won't as Skelton works his way back from the sprained right ankle he sustained in the season opener against Seattle.
Kolb came in to direct the winning touchdown drive against the Seahawks, then helped the team to an improbable upset at New England.
Next up on Sunday is Philadelphia in a matchup of teams off to 2-0 starts.
Kolb acknowledges it won't be just another game.
"Obviously, there is a little bit of added incentive," he said after practice Wednesday.
Skelton, who beat out Kolb for the job in the preseason, did not practice on Wednesday but said he might be able to do so on a limited basis later in the week. He would not rule himself out for Sunday.
"There's a chance," Skelton said. "I'm not giving up on it."
Two years ago in Philadelphia, Kolb was named the starter for the season opener, only to be knocked out of the game with a concussion. Michael Vick relieved him and has been the team's No. 1 quarterback ever since.
Kolb said that experience has made him better able to handle what has happened to him in Arizona.
"The biggest thing I took is when it's high there, when things are going good, you can't buy into it because there is a lot of hype," he said. "Everybody is patting you on the back, and when it's low, good gosh, is the sun going to come up tomorrow? Although it's not quite like that here, it is the NFL and that's the way it is nowadays. As a quarterback especially you have to be able to ride those waves and stay level-headed with every experience."
Kolb came to Arizona with the label franchise quarterback already firmly in place. The Cardinals sent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick to the Eagles for him, then signed Kolb to a five-year, $63.5 million contract, with $21 million guaranteed.
The pressure was on, and the results weren't good. After a season-opening victory over Carolina, the Cardinals dropped six in a row. Kolb went down with a turf toe injury and Skelton relieved him. Skelton, a fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham in 2010, wasn't spectacular, but he had a knack for making things happen at the finish. Arizona won seven of its last nine to finish 8-8.