Calais Campbell plans to repair sports hernia next month

PHOENIX -- In the mind of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, Sunday’s Pro Bowl is on par with a playoff game.

And he wasn’t about to miss either because of an injury.

Campbell said he will have surgery to repair a sports hernia the first week of February, putting it off until his season was completely over.

“Easy recovery though but it definitely hurts playing through,” Campbell said at the Arizona Biltmore after he was chosen in the Pro Bowl draft. “But I figured if I could play through a playoff game I could play through the Pro Bowl.”

Campbell will play in his first Pro Bowl in his seventh season.