GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback John Skelton #19 of the Arizona Cardinals scrambles with the football during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 21-19. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Winners of five of their last six games, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to knock off the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. With the final injury report for both teams, we find out that the Cardinals get a familiar face back in Kerry Rhodes, but the quarterback situation for both teams looks like that both teams will go with a backup because of head injuries.
As starting quarterback Kevin Kolb was unable to fully practice all week, he is listed as questionable for Sunday. However, the general sentiment among those that follow the team believe that he will sit this game out, allowing John Skelton to start again.
The revamped defense will get a boost in the secondary as Kerry Rhodes will get on the field for the first time in a couple of months. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said that Rhodes would play about 50 percent of the defensive snaps on Sunday, moving Rashad Johnson back into a reserve role.
Only special teams player Sean Considine (foot) is out for Arizona. Kolb, right tackle Brandon Keith (knee), OLB Joey Porter (knee) and receiver DeMarco Sampson (ribs) are listed as questionable. Rhodes, RB Beanie Wells (knee), OLB Clark Haggans (hamstring), TE Rob Housler (shoulder) and punter Dave Zastudil (biceps) are all probable for playing on Sunday.
Don't worry too much about Beanie. He has been managing his knee like this for weeks. He will be ready to go against a Browns team that struggles defending the run.
For the Browns, Colt McCoy was unable to practice all week and was sent home each day. He did not even make the trip out to Arizona, so it will be the former Seattle Seahawk Seneca Wallace who will start for the Browns.
The Browns otherwise have had issues with concussions. Tight end Ben Patrick was placed on injured reserve as a result of his concussion and fullback Owen Marecic is out for Sunday because of a head injury.
In addition to McCoy, Marecic and Watson, DB T.J. Ward (foot) is also out. WR/KR Joshua Cribbs (groin), RB Montario Hardesty (calf), OL Artis Hicks (shoulder), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), DL Brian Schaefering (ankle) and LB Quinton Spears (hamstring) are all questionable. DL Jabaal Sheard (forearm) is probable for Sunday.
With all the offensive line injuries for Cleveland, the Cardinals defense must be licking its chops, especially after two straight games of five sacks.
We will see the action on the field on Sunday at 2PM AZT.