I ran into Calais Campbell in the locker room today while waiting for Brian St. Pierre, and the big defensive end — despite wearing his left arm in a sling (he has to keep his repaired thumb elevated) — sounded good. He was taking some good-natured grief from teammates while insisting he will play Sunday. When I asked if he planned to play, I got that look that said it may have been the dumbest question I could have asked (and maybe it was). Campbell, as coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday, can play with it casted and that’s what he plans to do. He also didn’t seem worried it would affect his play. The best part, he said, was that even though he probably wouldn’t get to practice much if at all, the fact the Cards already got to prepare for the Packers last week puts him ahead of the game.
The other key injured Cards — Anquan Boldin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie — weren’t around when I was down there. I think there is a confidence DRC will be able to find his way back to the field after he bruised his knee. Boldin seems to leave the most doubts because of his bad ankle, and it may be tough for him to get back. Then again, the Cards can look at the glass half-full two ways — one, that Boldin is the type who could play through it, or on the flip side, the Cards survived the one game Boldin missed this season fairly well (a 41-point performance in Chicago).
I’m sure Whisenhunt will have a full update Wednesday, although I’d expect a lot of “we have to wait and see.” In the meantime, the Cards begin on-field prep for the Packers — part II — tomorrow, hoping their defense has DRC and Campbell Sunday.
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