Since signing a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers, inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell has battled through several injuries to see the field for the green and gold. In 2022, the former First-Team All-Pro missed four games with a knee injury. After the season, he told the world that he also played through a shoulder injury, which was not previously reported.
This year, he’s already missed time for two separate injuries. An ankle cost him three games of action while a neck injury left him off the field on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions. Still, the results haven't been great when he’s been on the field.
According to Pro Football Focus’ charting, Campbell allowed 135 passing yards from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday — the most from a Packers linebacker since PFF began to chart games in 2006. Now, the linebacker has taken to social media to say that he’s no longer going to push through injury if his on-field performance is going to be used against him.
Not going out my way anymore and I’m not playing through injuries anymore cause when s*** goes wrong they always use it against you. I’m treating everyone accordingly and giving them the same energy they giving me. Focus on yourself and your mental 59 you owe it to yourself
What’s unclear at this point is what injury Campbell is pushing through. Is the neck injury from Week 11 still lingering? The Packers listed double-digit players on their injury report throughout the week leading up to their matchup against the Buccaneers. Campbell’s name was never listed on the injury report. Is it a new injury? I guess we’ll have to wait for Wednesday’s injury report to find out.
Either way, don’t be surprised if backup inside linebacker Isaiah McDuffie makes his eighth start of the season against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in a must-win matchup. McDuffie has been pushed into the starting role for half of the Packers’ games this season, due to injuries to Campbell and fellow starting inside linebacker Quay Walker.