JACKSONVILLE, FL - JULY 26: Linebacker Aaron Kampman #74 of the Jacksonville Jaguars speaks to the media at EverBank Field on July 26, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars veteran defensive end Aaron Kampman was a late surprise scratch from the Tennessee Titans game. Most expected Kampman would play, given the fact that he played in the final preseason game and to public knowledge there was no setbacks with his knee. There obviously was however, since Kampman was a game day scratch.
"When I'm ready, I'll obviously be ready and the coaches and medical staff will make that decision. It's kind of a process that we're in. That's where it's at," Kampman told the media on Monday. To me, and this is just my personal opinion, that means he's not very close to coming back. Plus, Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reported that Kampman was seen at the facility on Monday with a full brace on his knee.Comments like the one Kampman made, makes me think it's going to be at least another 2-3 weeks before he can return. In reality, that's not all that surprising. As hard of a worker Kampman is, he's still a 31 year old defensive end coming off his second consecutive torn ACL.
"Things were progressing, and I'm not at a point yet where I can help our team. I wish I could tell you. I wish I could say, ‘Hey listen. Ready to go at X time,' but that's above my scale and yours, too," Kampman said of his knee. It's a bit disconcerting that it doesn't sound like Kampman is even close to being ready, but we were led to believe he'd be good to go week 1. The Jaguars pass rush needs an injection of more than just Jeremy Mincey and Tyson Alualu. Matt Roth is a solid rotational end, but if he's your other starter along with Mincey (kind of the same player), then you've got some problems.