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By Dan Arkush

Could Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb be living on borrowed time in the desert after suffering three detached ribs and spraining a shoulder joint that is expected to keep him out of action at least five to seven games?

The way we hear it, unless Kolb can make a Kurt Warner-type comeback in a starting role down the stretch that spearheads a trip to the playoffs — which probably won’t happen if fellow QB John Skelton gets the job done adequately in Kolb’s absence over the next 6-8 weeks — the odds of him remaining a Redbird aren’t real good.

“Under his current deal, he’s set to make $9 million next season and will also be due a $2 million roster bonus,” said one team insider of Kolb. “I don’t know if they’ll be willing to pay that kind of money. They could certainly restructure the deal, but right now, I don’t think they really know what they want to do.”

One virtual certainty is that Kolb’s inability to stay healthy — he’s had assorted injuries to different body parts, including concussions that we hear are a particular cause for concern — has to be weighing heavily on the minds of the Cardinals’ front-office higher-ups.

To his credit, Kolb had been displaying admirable toughness before his latest injury, forced to operate behind a fragile offensive line that allowed a whopping 22 sacks in his last three appearances and makes signal-calling a very scary proposition for whomever is under center.

But there's no denying that Kolb's lack of durability in a Cardinals uniform has become increasingly worrisome.

Taking into account Skelton’s glaring inconsistency in a starting role up to now, is it possible the Cardinals could actually consider passing the baton to third-stringer Ryan Lindley, whose preparation and presence has earned high marks, according to team sources?

“Only in a real emergency if Skelton goes down, or if Skelton’s just God-awful,” the team insider said. “Going to Lindley, I think, would be a real disaster plan.”

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