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John Skelton returns to Arizona Cardinals practice

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Quarterback John Skelton returned to the Arizona Cardinals in a limited role Thursday, the first time he has been on the practice field since spraining his right ankle against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener.

He'll have to do a lot more to have a shot at starting Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt would like to see if Skelton improves before making a decision on whether he or Kevin Kolb will start.

"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 Kolb as the Cardinals' starter in a tight preseason race, but he sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.

Entering the game to a chorus of boos from the home crowd, Kolb quickly marched the Cardinals down the field, hitting 6 of 7 passes, including a 6-yarder to Andre Roberts for the winning score with just under 5 minutes left.

With Arizona a two-touchdown underdog at New England last week, Kolb was unspectacular but steady, giving the Cardinals a chance to ride their special teams and stout defense to the upset.

Cardinals tight end Todd Heap also returned to practice Thursday after spraining his left knee against the Patriots.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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