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Updated Oct 16, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Arizona Cardinals' Calais Campbell ‘looks like he's ready to go'

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs against Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

TEMPE, Ariz. - Three days ago, Arizona Cardinals starting defensive end Calais Campbell was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field in San Francisco.

He was experiencing numbness and tingling in his extremities following a fourth quarter collision with teammate Karlos Dansby while the two made a tackle.

Wednesday, Campbell stood in front of his locker confident he would be able to play against NFC West-leading Seattle in a little over 24 hours at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"This is a game you don't want to miss," he said. "I'm feeling good. I know my body. My body is feeling good, so that's all I'm really worried about is how I feel. If I had felt like I couldn't protect myself or go out there and play the game the way I'm supposed to I wouldn't go out there. It's all about how my personal feeling of my body and understanding it and just being true to myself."

Campbell practiced, albeit on a limited basis, the past two days.

"He's been fine," head coach Bruce Arians said. "Looks like he's ready to go."

Campbell, 27, is officially listed as questionable.

"That means that I got to go out there before the game (during warm-ups) and show (the training staff) that I'm ready to play, that's all," he said. "The biggest thing is being able to protect myself when I need to. That's the biggest thing. As long as I can prove that, I'm good."

Late Sunday night, Campbell checked out of Stanford Hospital after undergoing a CT scan and an MRI as a precautionary measure. He was back at the training facility only hours later in time for the team's morning meetings.

"I feel very similar to how I normally feel (on a Wednesday)," Campbell said after practice. "Any time you play a Thursday game coming off a Sunday game, your body doesn't really have enough time to recover like you want it to all the way. You don't really get a day off to just relax and take care of our body because you have to do work every day. I feel like I would normally feel before a Thursday game, in my opinion."

Should Campbell not play, third-year pro Ronald Talley would likely slide into the starting lineup.

The Cardinals though are hopeful they'll have Campbell's playmaking ability, especially against the Seahawks' dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch.

There's also the need to erase the memories of the teams' previous meeting, a 58-0 loss in Seattle last December.

"It definitely keeps a bitter taste in your mouth," Campbell said. "That's one of those things where you don't want a bitter taste in your mouth. You always want to get that out of your mouth as quick as you can, so you always look forward to playing against a team like that again and try to redeem yourself.

"It's a good opportunity," he continued. "Primetime -- to go out there and try to redeem yourself."

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School: Syracuse University, '96

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Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

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