TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Quarterback John Skelton returned to the Cardinals in a limited role Thursday, the first time he's been on the practice field since spraining his right ankle against Seattle in Arizona's opener.
He'll have to do a lot more to have a shot at starting against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt would like to see if Skelton improves before making a decision whether he or Kevin Kolb will start against Michael Vick and the Eagles.
"We have to see if he's able to handle a practice before we can make any kind of decision like that," Whisenhunt said. "This is the first step in it and we'll see how it progresses."
Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb as Arizona's starter in a tight preseason race, but sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.
Entering the game to a chorus of boos from the home crowd, Kolb marched the Cardinals down the field quickly, hitting 6 of 7 passes, including a 6-yarder to Andre Roberts for the winning score with just under 5 minutes left.