Campbell to have sports hernia surgery

Campbell was voted to the All-Pro second team this season. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell will undergo surgery next week to repair a sports hernia, according to USA Today.

Campbell played through the injury from Week 13 until the Pro Bowl, which was his first appearance in the All-Star game. “I could get used to this,” Campbell said of the game. “I could definitely see myself doing this again sometime.”

When asked about the surgery, Campbell said “it’s an easy recovery” and he expects to be back to full health by the start of training camp.

The 28-year-old has played at least 13 games in each of his seven seasons in the league, all of which have been with the Cardinals. Campbell had 58 tackles (48 solo), 7.0 sacks, one interception and one forced a fumble this season.

The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round three weeks ago.