Campbell: “If it were up to me, I’d be playing”

Posted by Darren Urban on October 24, 2014 – 1:41 pm

There is the caveat that it will come down to a coach’s decision, and coach Bruce Arians said Friday he will see whether defensive end Calais Campbell will play Sunday. Campbell is officially questionable for the game. But both Campbell and Arians sounded like guys who wanted Campbell on the field against the Eagles and in that regard, optimism abounds.

“If it were up to me, I’d be playing,” Campbell said, before again deferring to the coaching staff.

“When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go, because there is nobody quite like him,” Arians said. “Even at 90 percent, the energy he brings, even the respect he brings, you want him on the field.”

Campbell said his biggest issue now is getting used to playing with a brace on his right leg, since he has never played with a brace before. Arians said if Campbell plays, it’ll be left up to him how much he can go, and Campbell admitted that having two limited practices total the past three weeks, he probably wouldn’t/couldn’t play the same amount of reps as normal. He also said he can’t worry about having his leg taken out again on the field of play, since it’s always a possibility.

But “there is nothing I can’t do,” Campbell said. “Just have to deal with having a brace on the knee. I feel explosive and I could play football the way I like to play football.”

— Tight end Troy Niklas missed practice again with a bad ankle and is out for the game, and clearly, Arians is ready to see him on the field again. Arians said Niklas is behind “a bunch” after missing so many practices.

“His situation, talking to the trainers, if he can push the sled he can play because he’s a damn tackle,” Arians said, drawing laughs. “He’s not a wide receiver. He doesn’t have to be worried about making cuts. He better have his ass back on the practice field next week.”


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6 Responses to “Campbell: “If it were up to me, I’d be playing””

  1. By Sean on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like Campbell will be like Mathieu looking forward to the day they can be like Forest Gump and break the leg brace. Run Campbell Run.

  2. By superbowlcards on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Unfortunately, I think everyone should get used to seeing Mathieu playing with a brace for the rest of his career, I think the brace has become a permanent part of his uniform, I hope I’m wrong, but in this case I don’t think so. In a year or so he wont even realize its there.

  3. By krehbieo14 on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Calais will be out there as much as he can endure. What a great player and man of character!

  4. By superbowlcards on Oct 24, 2014 | Reply

    Holy cow, I wonder if coach Arians was truly angry at Nicklas, or if he was jokingly prodding at the rookie? Probably a little of both, trying to light a fire under him.

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