John Skelton, Kevin Kolb Both Expected To Play Against Chiefs

GLENDALE AZ - DECEMBER 12: A fan of the Arizona Cardinals holds up a sign for quarterback John Skelton #19 during the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 43-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs will be facing John Skelton on Friday night when they host the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason opener at Arrowhead Stadium. Skelton and Kevin Kolb are in the midst of a quarterback battle but it'll be Skelton who starts on Friday night.

That doesn't mean Kolb is out. Despite a bruised chest, Kolb is expected to play, Cards head coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Tuesday, per the (other) AP.

''He's still a little sore,'' Whisenhunt said, ''but I don't anticipate there being any problems as we progress through the week. He may be limited this afternoon, but I certainly think as the week progresses he'll be fine and he'll play.''

Whisenhunt said the plan all along was to have Skelton start this game. Kolb was injured in last week's game against the New Orleans Saints and has been slowed with some sort of rib or chest injury.

Earlier this week there was some doubt as to whether Kolb would be available on Friday but it sounds like they're hoping he can be, which is important for Kolb. You only get four preseason games (well, five, in the Cardinals case) and it's not like he has the starting job locked up. He needs a successful outing.

In other Cards injury news, Beanie Wells was activated from the PUP list. Wells just exited the PUP list so his status is in doubt.

So John Skelton starting Friday night at Arrowhead. Good thing, right?

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