Kampman, a rookie defensive end, steps in for Vonnie Holliday. The veteran DE is out with a torn pectoral muscle.
The Kampman situation has a couple of interesting side notes. The fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa distinguished himself with strong preseason play at power end, but did not make the 45-man active roster for any of the three regular season games so far. But when it came time to make a decision, Sherman went with Kampman to surpass 2001 first-round pick Jamal Reynolds, who has been a non-factor on the field and on the depth chart. Also, Kampman could find himself with a permanent position as Holliday is out for at least 6 weeks with the pec injury, and could be out for the season if surgery is required.
Sherman said two of his other options on the defensive line would be to shift Joe Johnson to 'power' end, while going with a tandem of Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Jamal Reynolds at 'elephant' end, or to use backup defensive tackle Billy Lyon at 'power' end.
"I considered Billy Lyon as a possibility, but Billy's so valuable being able to back up two positions, Sherman said. "He's really the only one we have who can do that . . . Billy will be more of a swing player for us, but will buffer us as well at that position."
Sherman's decision to go with Bowen over rookie Marques Anderson is not a surprise, but may have been a closer race. While Bowen's primary position is free safety -- where Darren Sharper is the starter -- Bowen took the majority of his preseason reps at strong safety while Edwards nursed injuries.
Anderson, meanwhile, turned in a dynamic performance vs. Detroit with an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery.
Stay tuned for two more starting line-up storylines. Fullback William Henderson and offensive guard Marco Rivera, both of whom sustained knee injuries against Detroit, might be able to play against Carolina. Both are listed as questionable.