The injury is described as a low ankle sprain, and it came as Skelton was being hit while completing a pass on Arizona's go-ahead touchdown drive. Backup quarterback Kevin Kolb came in to finish the drive and lead the Cardinals to the score.
This isn't a typical twisted ankle or rolled ankle. That is a "lateral sprain." It happens when your foot rolls inward. This injury to Skelton is more of a case when the foot is forced too far to the outside.
It had to be painful. Kevin Kolb said that Skelton is as tough as nails and he knew that he was hurt when he didn't get back up. "He's not going to wallow around whenever he's just got a little ding," explained Kolb Sunday night.
Kolb will be called upon to replace the tough-as-nails Skelton as the Cardinals face the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Now that the Cardinals know the extent of Skelton's injury, they can now move forward with the team. When it was originally feared that Skelton may have a high ankle sprain, the Cardinals began calling around looking for possible quarterback options in order to add depth to the roster. But now that Skelton has a low ankle sprain, the fear of a long absence will die down and the Cardinals won't have to make any rash decisions.
Even if Skelton does still miss Sunday's game, a low ankle sprain shouldn't have him out long enough to make the Cardinals have to look at other quarterback options outside of current quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley.
There are a few big names still looking for work out there that could be a possibility for the Cardinals. David Garrard and Vince Young are both available after being released by their respective teams during the offseason.
Skelton's injury leaves the Cardinals with only two quarterbacks on the roster, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley. The Cardinals had considered gambling and just going with the two quarterbacks but they appear to have changed their minds and want to bring another quarterback into the mix.
Skelton could miss several weeks if it is determined that his ankle injury is a high ankle sprain. Skelton had beaten out Kolb for the starting quarterback position.
Skelton injured the ankle during the Cardinals' 20-16 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Somers states that the Cardinals were relieved when initial tests showed that Skelton had a sprain and not a fracture in the ankle. But if it's a high ankle sprain, Skelton could miss several weeks.
This puts the Cardinals in a bind. They could add another quarterback, but it looks like they'll stick with the two they have remaining on the roster -- Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley -- and gamble.
The decisions are all up in the air at the moment, until the timetable for Skelton's return is firmly set early this week.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was hit hard in the fourth quarter while playing the Seattle Seahawks and immediately went down to the ground. It appeared he took a shot in the stomach area and landed awkwardly. He remained down as team trainers came to check on him, eventually being helped up and placed on a cart.
A report from University of Phoenix Stadium said Skelton suffered an ankle injury, although that is unconfirmed from the team at this point. He is currently being evaluated by team doctors.
Kevin Kolb, who was beaten out by Skelton in the preseason for the starting quarterback job, began warming up on the sidelines and is now in the game. The Cardinals currently lead the Seahawks 20-16 late in the fourth quarter.