Kolb has 'no idea' if he can play in Cards' game vs. Rams

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb had his right foot in a walking boot Monday to protect a turf toe injury and said he had "no idea" if he'd be able to play in this Sunday's home game against the St. Louis Rams.

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Kolb was injured early in Sunday's 30-27 loss at Baltimore, but he stayed in the game.

"I did some things to help with the pain a little bit," he said, "then just tried to gut it out and try to come up with a victory."

If Kolb can't go, second-year pro John Skelton probably would start at quarterback for Arizona. Skelton started four games late last season.

A turf toe occurs when the toe is jammed severely, stretching the ligaments. Kolb said he has had the injury before but not "near this severe."

Kolb said his initial plans are to work to reduce the swelling and pain, "then as the week goes on, give it more and more movement and see what my body allows me to do."

Kolb, who ran for a first down late in the game, said the injury didn't affect his mobility so much as it did the velocity of his passes, since he pushes off with his right foot.

"A lot of your power comes from that side of your foot," Kolb said, "on that leg. When I had to take off and run, I didn't feel it or anything. It probably was just nagging a little bit but nothing to throw me off my game."

Consecutive games against two of the best defenses in the NFL, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, has left Arizona's offense a bit battered. Rookie Anthony Sherman, the team's only fullback, has turf toe on his left foot. Running back Beanie Wells is playing with a sore knee.

Kolb has been sacked 24 times in seven games. The pressure he faced Sunday was his most severe yet. Of course, since it was Baltimore, that shouldn't be surprising.

"They run a tough scheme and bring them from a lot of different places. You've got to step up in there and block them," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We have to get the ball out quicker in some situations. We had opportunities to make them pay yesterday a couple of times, but we weren't as efficient as we needed to be from a protection standpoint or from getting the ball out. That's always tough.

"When you add in the noise, knowing your guys are going to be late off the ball, giving them the advantage, it is really a tough situation. I don't think people appreciate how difficult that is. That's why they're a good defense, and they're a tough team to play there."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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