Serious injuries scramble Packers lineup

The season is only three weeks old -- isn't that a little early for Cinderella stories?<p> The injury news keeps getting worse. Vonnie Holliday sidelined for at least six weeks with a torn pectoral muscle, Antuan Edwards is out 3-4 with a broken arm, just to name a couple. If there is any good news in this scenario, it's the unexpected opportunity presented to those unknown backups who must step up and fill the gaps.<p>

Cue DE Aaron Kampman, a fifth-round pick from Iowa who has not been active this season. He is expected to get the starting nod in place of Holliday Sunday at Lambeau vs. unbeaten Carolina.

"I have confidence in Aaron Kampman," head coach Mike Sherman said. "I believe in that kid. He may not be as physically gifted as Vonnie, but he's a very strong, powerful man. He probably watches more tape than anybody in this building. He'll do a fine job."

Kampman is a great example of how doing the right thing pays off - eventually. Kampman said he used the three weeks on the inactive list to study. That kept him in the game from the sideline, he said, and now he feels ready.

"It's an opportunity, but it's unfortuante," Kampman said. "I hate seeing something happen to Vonnie."

If Kampman is proof of good things coming to those who wait, what adage is applicable to Jamal Reynolds? The 10th pick in the 2001 draft, Reynolds has been a disappointment. During limited pre-season action, Reynolds was ineffective against opponents' second- and third-string offenses. Now, he's been passed up by a late-round pick who wasn't expected to see much p.t.

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