Kevin Kolb back on Cardinals bench?

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

There’s a chance — albeit only a minuscule one — that QB Kevin Kolb won’t start against his former team this weekend, after all.

Kolb was expected all week to start for Arizona against Philadelphia, the team that traded him away, but John Skelton returned to practice on Thursday.

Skelton won Arizona’s starting job over Kolb, but was injured in Week 1 against Seattle.

Players don’t often lose their jobs for good because of an injury.

Still, Kolb has led Arizona to a pair of wins — including a shocker over New England — and Skelton was just a limited participant in Week 1 and his ankle is still bothering him.

Most likely, since Thursday was Skelton’s first day back doing anything, Kolb will still get a chance to beat Michael Vick and the Eagles.

After that though, all bets are off.

Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt even tried to add some intrigue to Sunday’s call.

“We got to see if he’s able to handle a practice before we can make any kind of decision like that,” Whisenhunt said of Skelton’s availability.

“This is the first step in it. We’ll see how it progresses. It was good to see him working.”

But things have been working just fine for the Cardinals without him.

THESE REFS ROUGH

The NFL and its officials remain “far apart” on negotiating a deal, sources told ESPN.

That despite the fact the two sides met twice this week and despite the fact many fans, coaches, players and former NFLers have become increasingly vocal about the damage the lockout is doing to the league.

No further talks are scheduled and the replacements will work this weekend’s games.

They are doing their best in a tough situation, but it is a joke that they remain on the field.

The NFL has warned teams that confrontational behaviour towards the replacements will not be accepted and coaches might even be ejected if they berate them too loudly or effusively.

Coaches screaming at the officials has been a common sight so far and one player even physically grabbed one of them on Monday night in Atlanta.

Instead of threatening fines or suspensions, maybe the league should work a little bit harder on getting the right people out there.

The officials have lost an average of more than $50,000 US so far, but don’t seem willing to cave on a new deal they claim will have them earning less down the line, despite the fact the NFL continues to surge in popularity and is raking in billions of dollars every year.

ALWAYS A BROWN

Jim Brown wants back in.

Rumours surfaced last week that the Hall of Fame RB was eager to return to the Cleveland Browns following two years of frosty relations.

Brown distanced himself after Mike Holmgren took away his role as a senior adviser and offered him another role within the organization.

On Friday, Brown attended an alumni golf outing and said: “I’m stuck with being No. 32 for the Cleveland Browns. I can’t do anything about that and I don’t want to do anything about it.

“We are married because of that history. And if I can be a part of the development of a new winning attitude and help get some victories, that would be fantastic.”

The 76-year-old said he’ll meet with Cleveland’s new owner Jimmy Haslam on Saturday.

Brown said he would also meet with Holmgren and backtracked on negative comments he made towards new Browns running back Trent Richardson, who he had called “ordinary.” Brown said he was just trying to motivate Richardson.

“There is no disrespect in waiting to see a person prove himself,” he said. “If you pick out a future Hall of Famer, you want to truly believe 100% that this guy has that kind of talent. The great thing is that I saw a flash of the talent and I loved it.”

FLYNN’S NOT IN VERSUS PACK

When the Monday Night Football schedule came out, one of the most intriguing matchups was between Green Bay and Seattle.

Not because anybody expected it to be a close game, the storyline was to be prized pupil getting a chance to out-do his teacher.

So much for that. No, Matt Flynn, the high-priced free agent, didn’t get the starting job in Seattle after leaving the Packers, instead rookie Russell Wilson has the daunting challenge of upending Aaron Rodgers and his pals.

Though Wilson’s salary is a fraction of Flynn’s, the Seahawks went with the guy who played better in the pre-season.

Clearly disappointed, Flynn is trying to stay positive.

“It’s not my decision to make,” Flynn told the Seattle Times. “I’m proud of the way that I’ve played and I’ve picked everything up and how I’ve handled coming into a new situation. I can’t control anything. I’m just trying to make the team better and make myself better, and stay confident.”

Even the Packers were surprised that theyy won’t be game-planning against Flynn.

“I definitely felt from my experience with Matt that we’d be playing against him Week 3,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

“It hasn’t gone the way he would have wanted so far,” added Rodgers. “But he’s a competitor, and hopefully he’s going to get an opportunity at some point.”


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