Aaron Kampman has barely played a role for the Jaguars since he tore his ACL for a second time halfway through the 2010 season and there’s growing reason to doubt that he’ll ever play a role for them again.
Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that the defensive end is not expected back on the practice field until “some time during training camp.” That’s not particularly encouraging, especially since Kampman had what was described as a clean-out surgery on his knee at the end of last season. The slow pace of his rehab and long history of knee problems have some wondering if he’ll contribute to the Jaguars in 2012.
“It’s a natural reaction,” Kampman said. “I haven’t played a full season for a while. So obviously people are going to say, ‘hey, is he?’ I get that. It’s a natural thing. No, I don’t get frustrated. The reality is, it’s a right now business. Patience is not always something that’s given.”
Patience is almsot never something that’s given when a player is set to make $4.975 million. Kampman needs to be able justify that kind of expenditure and that won’t be easy to do if he can’t show the Jaguars where he’s at until training camp is already underway.