For the third straight week, the Arizona Cardinals have put their big-time quarterback on the bench, and at a certain point, that may be more about performance than injury. Kolb's toe was the original reason for Kolb's absence from the Cardinals' offense, but Skelton has been far more effective in the last two games. We'll see if Skelton can continue his efficiency against San Francisco's excellent defense.
In other news, both of St. Louis' starting offensive tackles, Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold, will be out against the Seattle Seahawks — in fact, Saffold has been placed on injured reserve afte he tore a pectoral muscle during a weightlifting session. Also, the Atlanta Falcons will be without the services of receiver Julio Jones, and the San Diego Chargers will be without left tackle Marcus McNeill. Note to Norv Turner: Give backup tackle Brandyn Dombrowski some help on the left edge — he can't handle speed rushers on his own, and the Bears have two outstanding defensive ends in Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije.
As always, thanks to Brian McIntyre at Mac's Football Blog for the quick work!
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Arizona: QB Kevin Kolb, WR Stephen Williams, TE Rob Housler, TE Todd Heap, T D'Anthony Batiste LB Joey Porter, S Kerry Rhodes
San Francisco: QB Scott Tolzien, FB Moran Norris, WR Brett Swain, OL Daniel Kilgore, OL Michael Person, DT Ian Williams, S Madieu Williams
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
Seattle: QB Josh Portis, WR Deon Butler, T Jarriel King, T James Carpenter, DT Anthony Hargrove, CB Ron Parker, S Atari Bigby
St. Louis: RB Carnell Williams, WR Danario Alexander, T Jason Smith, DT Darell Scott, LB Justin Cole, LB Ben Leber, CB Nate Ness
Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons
Tennessee: QB Rusty Smith, WR Donnie Avery, T Byron Stingily, C/G Kevin Matthews, DT Zach Clayton, DE Dave Ball, CB Chris Hawkins
Atlanta: WR Julio Jones, T Sam Baker, C Brett Romberg, DT Carlton Powell, DE Cliff Matthews, CB Darrin Walls, S William Moore
San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears
San Diego: WR Malcom Floyd, T Marcus McNeill, G Louis Vasquez, G Tyronne Green, DE Luis Castillo, LB Shaun Phillips, CB Marcus Gilchrist
Chicago: QB Nathan Enderle, TE Andre Smith, G Ricky Henry, DT Matt Toeaina, DE Chauncey Davis, LB Jabara Williams, CB D.J. Moore
- Arizona Cardinals
- Seattle Seahawks
- San Francisco
- San Diego Chargers
- Atlanta Falcons
- Jason Smith
- Rodger Saffold
- Julio Jones