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Packers notes: Kampman has his head together

November 21, 2009 by  
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By Tom Ziemer,
Nov. 21, 2009

Aaron Kampman knew it was in his best interest to be on the sidelines.

Still, he couldn’t help but think of the possibilities while watching the Green Bay Packers’ attacking defense key a 17-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

“You know, those last two drives …,” Kampman said with a grin Thursday, referring to the pass-rushing opportunities. 

Last week's win over Dallas was Kampman's first missed game since 2003.

Last week's win over Dallas was Kampman's first missed game since 2003.

The Packers sacked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo five times while Kampman sat out, the result of a concussion suffered in the previous week’s loss at Tampa Bay.

He’s on track to be back for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Kampman was cleared to return Monday, and practiced Wednesday and Thursday at his usual left outside linebacker spot.

In an era where concussions are becoming a hot-button topic, Kampman spoke glowingly about the team’s medical personnel and their patient approach.

“The great thing about the medical staff here is they’re always going to err on the side of making sure the player is taken care of,” he said. “You hear horror stories of guys being thrust out there, and that’s not the case here.”

Still, it clearly wasn’t easy for Kampman to be a spectator last Sunday.

He hadn’t missed a game because of an injury since early in the 2003 season, his second in the league.

“Difficult. But it was good,” he said of the experience. “Gave me good perspective, again, how much I enjoy playing. That was obviously good.”

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