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Hey, Where’s John Skelton?

Official Sports Section Favorite Athlete John Skelton — Fordham grad, Arizona Cardinals rookie — had been wowing Cardinals fans and coaches in training camp, and some (crazy, but still anecdotally useful) fans were even calling for him to take over for struggling Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson. Well, the Cardinals played their second preseason game last night, and Skelton didn't even play, yielding to fellow rookie Max Hall. Wha' happen? No one's quite sure: Coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't address it in his press conference this morning, and Scout.com called sitting Skelton "a puzzling decision." Hall played well — unlike Leinart or Anderson — but we're still looking forward to seeing Skelton back out there. He is, after all, The Official Favorite Athlete of The Sports Section.

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