Cardinals place Kolb on IR, sign G/C Gibson

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All the questions on whether or not Kevin Kolb will return this season for the Arizona Cardinals have been laid to rest: he’s not.

The club made the announcement on Wednesday.

Kolb suffered three detached ribs and a sprained shoulder joint against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 14, and hasn’t fully recovered in order to get back. This is another in a series of physical setbacks for Kolb which have severely hampered his progress with the Cardinals.

Kolb took a major beating this year, as he was sacked 27 times, including nine times against the St. Louis Rams way back when on Thursday Night Football.

Kolb completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards. He had eight touchdowns and threw three interceptions.

Consequently, Kolb’s replacements – John Skelton and Ryan Lindley – have completed 52-percent of their passes for two touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The Cardinals have to decide whether or not they want to keep Kolb on the roster next season. Kolb’s set to make $9 million in salary and collect a $2 million bonus if he’s on the roster in March.

Earlier in the week, the team was awarded quarterback Brian Hoyer off a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hoyer gives them three healthy quarterbacks with Skelton and Lindley.

In other news, the team is efforting to bolster their offensive line after signing guard/center Mike Gibson.

Gibson joins the Cardinals after spending three seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Gibson played in 20 games for Seattle and made eight starts.

Gibson was with the Eagles in training camp, before being released on August 31.

Gibson played in three games last season with the Seahawks and 14 games with eight starts in 2010.

Gibson is expected to backup center Scott Wedige, who the Cardinals signed off the Bengals practice squad after starting center Lyle Sendlein went down for the season with an MCL injury.