Batting around thoughts with Campbell out

When healthy, Calais Campbell is arguably the best player on the Arizona Cardinals' defense.

Campbell is not healthy. A calf injury will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. David Carter gets the start instead.

This is only the second time in five seasons Campbell will miss a regular-season game. The 6-foot-8 defensive end has 3.5 sacks and four passes defensed this season.

The Cardinals have batted only four passes this season after ranking third in the NFL last season with 18. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has had only three passes batted this season, tied with Aaron Rodgers for fourth fewest among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. Brandon Weeden (12), Andy Dalton (11), Andrew Luck (10) and Ryan Tannehill (10) have had the most batted this season, followed by Mark Sanchez and a group of four others with nine. Sam Bradford (7), Russell Wilson (5), Kevin Kolb (4), John Skelton (4) and Alex Smith (2) rank lower on the list.

Those figures are from ESPN Stats & Information.

Also, the Cardinals listed tight end Todd Heap among their inactive players. He has not played since suffering a knee injury in Week 2.