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Kolb to miss several weeks with rib injuries

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GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 14: Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals is escorted off the field by the Cardinals training staff after getting hurt late in the game against the Buffalo Bills at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Given the state of the Cardinals offensive line, the fact that a quarterback change is coming has seemed inevitable for weeks.

Now it’s official.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb won’t be able to play this week against the Vikings and will miss several weeks, opening the door again for John Skelton.

According to Schefter, Kolb had “multiple ribs detach from his sternum” (ouch) as well as “a sprained sternoclavicular joint” (rushes for old anatomy textbook from when I was in medical school).

Kolb has taken a vicious beating since taking over for Skelton in the opener, with 23 sacks in the last three games alone.

And since the line problems aren’t the kind to be fixed with anything other than personnel upgrades, there’s a strong chance Kolb — or Ryan Lindley, or the next guy in off the street — will get another chance sometime later this season.