Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell Still A Week Away


Bruce Arians was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday and the discussion came down to Calais Campbell and his current status.  He said that he had been doing some jogging but was still about a week away from game action.

This means that Campbell will most likely miss his second straight game after suffering a strained MCL he got in the 41-20 loss to the Denver Broncos on October 5th in Denver.  He left the game early in the third quarter.  He was chopped blocked by Broncos tight end Julius Thomas.

Thomas for his part was fined $8,268 for the offense since it was the first one he had been penalized for.  Arians said it was a dirty play and Thomas should be fined and suspended.  The NFL did agree it was an illegal chop block, although per the agreement with the National Football League Players Association, players are not subject to a suspension on that type of play.  Intent could not be proven, although the replay of the event shows there was likely some intent to knock Campbell out of the game.  Proving intent to injure is harder to do.

Campbell was initially expected to miss one to three weeks, so if he were to miss this Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders and return on October 26th against the Philadelphia Eagles, it will mean Campbell will have missed two games.  Arians said if that happens it is amazing he is able to come back in such a short amount of time.