Aaron Kampman: No Word on When the Jacksonville Jaguars DE Will Play This Season

David LevinSenior Writer IISeptember 22, 2011

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)
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Everyone on the Jacksonville Jaguars were back to work as usual Wednesday.

Eben Britton was working with the offensive line, albeit, the second unit. According to the Florida Times-Union www.jacksonville.com, Britton will be brought along slowly until he is ready to join the starting lineup.

Marcedes Lewis was seen jogging on the field. Lewis, a Pro Bowl tight end, suffered a calf strain in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans and did not play in the game against the New York Jets.

Receivers Kassim Osgood and Jason Hill were also at practice after missing time this season.

And Derek Cox was practicing with the first team defense again after an injury sidelined him last week.

The only player who was missing from the rigors of practice was Aaron Kampman, who stretched and moved about the practice field, but did not practice with the defensive unit again as head coach Jack Del Rio ruled him out for the game against Carolina this Sunday.

This now makes 11 straight games the defensive end from Iowa and the Jaguars' prize free-agent signee last year has missed since an ACL injury sidelined him in Week 8 of last season.

While the Jaguars' defensive unit looks to be improved, especially in stopping the run and with tackling, any help along the line is a bonus.

Kampman was signed last season from Green Bay following a torn ACL. There were questions whether the signing was a good one considering the risk of taking a good player fresh off a serious injury.

Kampman's play in the first half of the season was a boost to the team and the progress of defensive tackles Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu.

In Kampman's place, the Jaguars have started free-agent signee Matt Roth, who recorded the team's first sack of the season against the Titans in the season opener. Jeremy Mincey and Austen Lane are also part of the rotation.

Before the season, it was announced that Kampman would have the number plays he was invovled in reduced in order to rotate more defensive linemen in the game and keep the ends fresher during games. It was believed Kampman would see action in about 45 plays per game.

But for now, the team and Kampman wait for him to be cleared to practice and take the next step of playing the part of leader of the defense rather than just looking the part from the sidelines.