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Campbell back to practice, but will he play?

Posted by Darren Urban on October 23, 2014 – 2:26 pm

Defensive end Calais Campbell was back at practice Thursday for the first time since absorbing the chop block of Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Campbell’s MCL suffered a slight tear, and Campbell — understandably — has been cautiously optimistic in his approach of playing against the Eagles Sunday after missing two games. He wants to play, of course. He also doesn’t want to go out unprepared. Campbell already knows the knee isn’t going to be right the rest of the season. He wants to make sure it’s right enough.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had some fun at Campbell’s expense when analyzing the end’s first practice back. “He’s slow to begin with so it’s hard to tell,” Bowles said, with a big laugh. “He looks the same as when he got caught by Peyton Manning on the touchdown.”

That’s a zing. If you recall, Campbell should have had an interception return for a TD in Denver (before his injury), only to have Manning somehow knock him down near the goal line.

The Cardinals certainly could use Campbell on the field. He was having a Pro Bowl-type season when he was hurt. The Cards have to deal with a better offense Sunday against the Eagles than they have against the Redskins or Raiders in the two games Campbell has missed. But in the long run, the Cardinals must have Campbell period. If that means one more game missed, it would be understandable. All along, Arians said Campbell had to practice at least Friday to play. He looks like he’ll have Thursday and Friday (assuming no setbacks after today.) That would see to bode well for a potential Campbell play Sunday.

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11 Responses to “Campbell back to practice, but will he play?”

  1. By Travis on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    My goodness!! We are going to need him more down the stretch then we do Sunday!! Rest up CC, let’s focus on the big picture here.

  2. By UK Cards Fan on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Would be good to have him, but definitely don’t want to rush him back before facing the best O-line and Rushing offense in the NFL a week from sunday. I’m sure they’ll make the appropriate decision. Shady McCoy hasn’t exactly been lethal, by his standards anyway, so far this season. Hopefully I’m not eating those words on sunday.

  3. By Dr. g. on Oct 23, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno – – To clarify, Strength of Schedule is determined in January from last year’s results, not what happens this year. The Cards have 12 in our NFC , 6 of which are in our Division, and 4 others in the AFC. The NFL has a furry formula to determine everything outside our Division to try to make things fair… It is not perfect, but few complain… Be well…

  4. By Darren Urban on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    All —

    RE: Schedule

    There are only two games on the schedule each year that are determined by results: One home game and one away game. This season, it’s hosting the Lions and going to Atlanta, because it was predetermined the Cards would play an NFC North team at home and an NFC South team on the road and the Cards, Lions and Falcons all finished in third place in their respective divisions.

    But 14 of the 16 each year are already picked ahead of time. For instance, here is a look at the 2015 slate already: http://blog.azcardinals.com/2014/07/14/glancing-at-the-2015-opponents/

  5. By infitzwetrust on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    I just can’t wait to smash the Cowboys…

  6. By Eazy E on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Take your time! We need you at as healthy as you can get for more than just Sunday!

  7. By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    @UK Cards Fan….if I am not mistaken you were at the game in Oakland last week. Now that’s what I call supporting your (our) team. Hope you make it to Phoenix sometime. Cheers mate !!!

  8. By Chuck 1 on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    For those who continue to post comments about “the Boys”, the Cards play the Eagles this Sunday.
    There’s plenty of time to discuss “the Boys” after the Eagles.

  9. By red bird of death! on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    This is a friggin playoff game as far as I’m concerned Campell should be back, you gotta get to Foles if you can rattle him all day you got the Eagles where you want em.

  10. By Dr. G. on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – – Thank you for that clarification//reminder of schedule… a good day to you…

  11. By superbowlcards on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Sounds as if they are hinting at possible surgery after we win the SB!
    Thomas from Denver should have two choices-
    1) pay for CC’s surgery (all of it, just like if he was uninsured
    2) lay on a table next to him and have the same procedure done that CC has (I’m sure option #1 is more realistic since most doctor’s take the Hippocratic oath, and wont cut into a perfectly healthy leg, now if the patient was on Medicaid/Medicare ( whichever is the government welfare insurance that goes with food stamps and numerous babies) they would cut, cut, cut, since they make millions off the government ( taxpayers like you and me) performing “surgery” in quantity, not quality!

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