Friday, November 13, 2009

Kampman Out, Hamlin, Gurode Likely In

By Scott Crisp

On Friday, the Cowboys received some encouraging injury updates, while the Packers, wholly unable to catch a break, it seems, got some bad, if predictable, news about Pro Bowl linebacker Aaron Kampman.

Kampman, according to the New Richmond News, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys in Green Bay with a concussion suffered last week early in the team's 38-28 loss to Tampa Bay.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that Kampman was further off than initially thought. According to the report, he was held out of practice, and even weight training this week. Kampman, the Packers best pass rusher, will likely be replaced by rookie Brad Jones, as his normal backup, Brady Poppinga, attempts to recover from swelling on one of his thighs.

Both safety Ken Hamlin and center Andre Gurode practiced again on Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News, after missing Wednesday's workout with a groin and ankle injury, respectively. They returned, but were limited, on Thursday.

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said that if they went through the full practice, they would likely be okay to play on Sunday in Green Bay. Hamlin hasn't missed a game since 2005, following a skirmish outside a Seattle nightclub, which ended with the safety being hit over the head with a stop sign.

If Gurode were to miss Sunday's game, it would mark the first time in 2009 that the Cowboys have a change along the offensive line.