Arizona looks to add QB Brodie Croyle

The Arizona Cardinals are looking to sign former Kansas City

quarterback Brodie Croyle after losing two of their backups to

injuries.

General manager Rod Graves said Croyle was en route to Phoenix

on Tuesday for a physical. Graves would not characterize the

Cardinals as close to adding Croyle but said he was the only

quarterback Arizona was bringing in after backups John Skelton and

Max Hall were injured.

Skelton, the backup to starter Kevin Kolb, is in a walking boot

to protect what coach Ken Whisenhunt says appears to be a high

ankle sprain. Hall partially dislocated his left shoulder in

practice on Monday.

That left Kolb, who signed a five-year, $63 million contract –

with $21 million guaranteed – and Rich Bartel as the team’s only

quarterbacks. Whisenhunt said the team would not go into Saturday

night’s home game against San Diego with just two quarterbacks, and

Croyle is an obvious choice.

He played for Todd Haley, Whisenhunt’s former offensive

coordinator, at Kansas City, so the systems are extremely

similar.

Croyle was a third-round draft pick of the Chiefs out of Alabama

in 2006. He appeared in 18 games in five seasons with Kansas City,

nine of them in 2007, when he completed 57 percent of his passes

for 1,227 yards and six touchdowns, with six interceptions.

Whisenhunt said Hall’s injury, a subluxation or partial

dislocation, is the same as the one that sidelined him late last

season. Hall, in a fight to make the opening roster, was sent to

Phoenix for further evaluation.

Hall, a star high school quarterback in the Phoenix suburb of

Mesa, made the Cardinals roster last year as an undrafted rookie

out of BYU. He was quick to absorb the offense and when Derek

Anderson faltered, Hall became the starter. Arizona upset New

Orleans in his first start, but he was 12 for 32 passing with three

interceptions in his next two starts. After Hall had two picks

returned for touchdowns against Tampa Bay, Anderson returned but

only briefly.

Skelton started the last four games of the season after Hall

went down with a shoulder injury against St. Louis.

Plagued by a lack of arm strength to make the long passes, Hall

was running at No. 4 on the depth chart when he scrambled on a play

and extended his left arm to the ground to catch his balance. He

left the field holding his arm and in obvious pain.

”It’s unfortunate but that’s part of the game,” Whisenhunt

said, ”and hopefully it’s not something that will force him to

miss too much time.”

Bartel was under contract to Cleveland and Washington but didn’t

appear in an NFL game until after he joined the Cardinals in the

middle of last season. He directed a late drive in Arizona’s 28-20

loss at Green Bay on Friday night but threw an ill-advised pass

that was intercepted in the end zone.

”He’s improved,” Whisenhunt said. ”Without having an

offseason, he did some work on his own with the guys and he’s done

a very good job. Obviously I didn’t like the interception at the

end of the two-minute drive but he was very efficient up until that

point.”

Skelton was injured in the Green Bay game.

”It’s looking a little bit more like a high ankle sprain,”

Whisenhunt said, ”but I don’t know how long that’s going to be.

He’s making good progress. We’ll see how it progresses, but there’s

not a lot of swelling. He’s got some soreness in there and we just

want to make sure because it’s so critical to the quarterback,

especially on his plant foot, driving and throwing off that foot.

So we’re going to obviously be a little bit more cautious with

that.”

The Cardinals worked out Tuesday afternoon, leaving them only

three more practices before leaving their training camp at Northern

Arizona University – elevation 7,000 feet – and heading down to the

desert. They have a walk-through Wednesday morning, followed by a

full practice that afternoon. The final workout will be Thursday

morning.