Cards’ Skelton says life as backup is difficult

Hey, everyone on the John Skelton bandwagon. Everyone had to see this one coming, right?

The stage was set when the Cardinals traded a second-round pick and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles for Kolb, who was promptly signed to a five-year, $64 million contract. The plot started to thicken when the Cardinals got off to a 1-6 start with Kolb.

Then, dramatically, Kolb came down with a case of turf toe, giving the guy who didn’t get a chance at his job — John Skelton — his opening.  The Cardinals have won two straight behind Skelton, who admits it’s “difficult” thinking he might be headed back to the bench.

“I think anyone who is in this league and anyone who is a competitor really just wants to play, wants to be out there,” Skelton told “Around the League” on Monday. “To sit, and then play, and then have to sit again, it’s always difficult. But that’s my role as a backup quarterback.”

That’s his role, for now. But this controversy is only at a simmer. Some NFL observers do view Kolb as Wally Pipp in this case, and Skelton, a fifth-round pick, as the team’s future. Among them is NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi — who believes the Cardinals would be “nuts” to go back to Kolb.

It’s also part of Skelton’s current role to give plenty of love to WR Larry Fitzgerald. He targeted Fitzgerald 13 times against the Eagles, and conceeded he’s under direct orders to feed the star receiver. Sort of.

“Uh, I’m told by Larry to look there that often,” Skelton said.

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