Calais Campbell: End of camp is ‘the best thing ever’

For the Arizona Cardinals, the dog days of summer are officially over. The team broke training camp on Friday, concluding their final practice an hour earlier than scheduled.

Calais Campbell, like many of his teammates, couldn’t be happier.

“I’m so glad to be going home. I can’t lie to you,” Campbell said, via azcentral.com. “When it ends, it’s the best thing ever.”

The veteran defensive end, now in his seventh season, has seemingly gotten used to the monotonous rigors of camp. But this year’s version, the second under coach Bruce Arians‘ belt, was hardly “Camp Cupcake,” as Arians put it.

“When he played, it was a different era,” Campbell said, referring to Arians. “In my era, this was a pretty hard camp. This year, I feel like it was more intense than last year. Last year, we were trying to learn everything. This year, it was more about repetitions and trying to be perfect.”

It’s no doubt been a tough month for the Cardinals, who’ve been bitten by the injury bug. Starting guard Jonathan Cooper has missed much of camp with various ailments, and former Pro Bowl defensive end Darnell Dockett on Monday suffered a torn ACL.

The loss of Dockett, a key blow to an already susceptible unit, makes Campbell yearn for less camp, with the regular season around the corner.

“I felt that way before (the injury),” he said, “but even more now.”

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