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Skelton to start for Cardinals

John Skelton

Arizona Cardinals’ John Skelton (19), the Cardinals third-string quarterback, looks to make a throw against the St. Louis Rams during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 19-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

AP

The Arizona Cardinals are scraping the bottom of the barrel for starting quarterbacks.

Rookie John Skelton will make the first start of his NFL career on Sunday, and Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t hide the fact that going to Skelton was a last resort.

Didn’t really have a choice,” Whisenhunt said, noting that Max Hall is on injured reserve and Derek Anderson hasn’t been cleared to return from a concussion.

The only other quarterback on the Cardinals’ roster is Richard Bartel, who was signed on Tuesday.

Whisenhunt said Skelton has looked like he’s coming along in practice this week, but he was careful not to raise expectations.

“It doesn’t mean it’s going to be great quarterback play,” Whisenhunt added. “We’re hoping he’ll get in there and handle it well and make some plays for us.”

Meanwhile, Matt Leinart continues to ride the pine in Houston.