While the St. Louis Rams come up with new and creative ways to form an offensive line, the Arizona Cardinals are dealing with some injuries of their own. Quarterback Kevin Kolb practiced with the team yesterday in a limited role. It looks as though he could play in St. Louis against the Rams this week, depending on how his toe feels a day after practice.
Backup John Skelton beat the Rams earlier this month, thanks in part to the Rams' curious decision to leave Larry Fitzgerald in single coverage with a linebacker. In his last outing, last week against San Francisco, Skleton threw three interceptions and was benched in the fourth quarter.
Kolb struggled before his injury as well. He had eight touchdowns and eight interceptions to go with a 56.8 completion percentage. Despite their problems, the Rams pass rush has been solid. Arizona has allowed 33 sacks this season, third most in the NFL, behind the Seahawks and the Rams.
For the Rams, the difference between Kolb and Skelton is negligible. This game will hinge on the ability of the offense to score early points and cash in on any advantages the defense gives them. That didn't happen last week, and with a makeshift offensive line, it might not happen this week either.