Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was a one-man wrecking crew Sunday against the St. Louis Rams , racking up 11 tackles (10 solo), three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and 0.5 sacks.
Campbell Fighting Camels was everywhere in Week 4, but the Cardinals' defense itself was unable to force a turnover, after accumulating seven (all interceptions) over the course of the first three weeks of the season. Stuck in the 50-to-75 tackle territory in each of the past five campaigns, he currently has 25 to his credit, which is a career-best pace. On the other side of the coin, the half sack Sunday was his first in the category in 2015, so he has some work to do to uphold his standard (6-to-9 sacks in six consecutive seasons).
Less than two months after undergoing hernia surgery,
"I'm not 100 percent just yet, but I feel 10 times better," he said. "Night and day compared to before the surgery now a few weeks removed."
Campbell will report to the first phase of workouts April 20 and is expected to participate in on-field workouts in May.
"I feel pretty good," Campbell said.
"The first couple of days I couldn’t walk,” said Campbell, 28. “It’s still a little painful to walk but I’m getting there.”
Campbell recorded seven sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery to go with 58 tackles in 14 games last season.
“Easy recovery though but it definitely hurts playing through,” Campbell told the website. “But I figured if I could play through a playoff game, I could play through the Pro Bowl.”
He had 58 tackles, seven sacks and an interception in the regular season.
Mathieu has played the last two weeks with a club cast on his thumb after having surgery on a broken bone.
Also set to play Saturday are
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