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John Skelton to start Week 1

Updated: August 31, 2012, 9:31 PM ET
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- John Skelton, a fifth-round draft pick who took the unlikely route from El Paso to Fordham to the NFL, is the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced his decision to go with Skelton over Kevin Kolb on Friday.

Skelton and Kolb had waged a protracted competition for the job over offseason workouts and through the preseason.

"I'm not going to get into the specifics of everything that was involved but it's fair to say ...

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