Cardinals starting quarterback John Skelton said he and Kevin Kolb have not discussed the now-concluded quarterback battle since coach Ken Whisenhunt named Skelton the starter on Friday. But Kolb did speak to reporters Monday for the first time since receiving the bad news.
“One thing I have learned in this league is it’s full of surprises,” Kolb said. “You just keep pressing forward. If you take time to sulk, you’ll be left behind, and then an opportunity will pass you by.”
Kolb said his conversation with Whisenhunt last week was short and direct. But he was evasive when asked for one or two reasons why he lost a job for which he seemed a lock entering training camp.
“I know there are still good things to come here,” he said. “I think that every time something happens. That’s the perspective I keep.
“There’s no time to sulk. There’s no time to feel sorry for myself. I’ve got to go back to work today and get ready for the Seahawks.” YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Skelton admitted it was nice taking all the reps with the first team on Monday as he prepared for the Cardinals’ season opener Sunday against Seattle. But there were still distractions with which to contend.
Skelton has received scores of text messages and emails from well-wishers in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, as well as the Fordham University community where he attended college.
“Strangers, even,” Skelton said. “A lot of text messages. I feel bad because I can’t reply to all of them — there are so many.”
While Skelton still had his struggles in the preseason, he said his mastery of the offense is light years ahead of where it was last season.
“It’s second nature,” he said. “You don’t have to process anything. (It’s my) third year in the league now. I can’t have any excuses.” MORE O-LINE SHUFFLING
The Cardinals placed veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges on injured reserve Monday with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Unless they decide to make Bridges their one IR exception this season, he will not play in 2012, further hampering a line already weakened by the loss of starting left tackle Levi Brown to season-ending triceps surgery.
Bridges was a valuable backup capable of filling in at tackle or guard. Without him, the Cards are razor thin and woefully inexperienced at the tackle position. The club will start the season with rookie Bobby Massie at right tackle and journeyman D’Anthony Batiste (four career starts) at left tackle, with rookie Nate Potter as a backup.
To help shore up the position, the Cards signed veteran tackle Pat McQuistan to a one-year contract. He is entering his seventh year in the NFL after playing with New Orleans in 2011, Miami in 2010 and Dallas from 2006-09. He played in 10 regular season games and both postseason contests for the Saints last year after playing in all 16 games (eight starts) with the Dolphins in 2010. He was released by the Cowboys as part of their roster cuts on Friday.
“He’s a veteran guy that’s played in an offense that was similar (to ours),” Whisenhunt said of McQuistan. “I liked what I saw in the preseason.”
The Cardinals also claimed outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman off waivers from Miami to add depth at a position where Quentin Groves had been the lone backup following the surprise release of veteran Clark Haggans. Haggans officially signed with San Francisco on Monday. PRACTICE SQUAD ANNOUNCED
The Cardinals practice squad will have a local flavor, with two former Arizona State players and one former Arizona player among the eight chosen.
Linebacker Colin Parker and receiver Gerell Robinson, who was cut by the Broncos, are the two ASU players. Both graduated from ASU last season. Former Arizona linebacker Ricky Elmore (2011 draft) was also added after being released by the Chargers.
The other five players are: CB Larry Parker, DT Ricky Lumpkin, TE Steve Skelton, OT Steven Baker and WR Isaiah Williams. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter