KGB says he'll be ready for camp

Even though his salary will be increasing from $6.6 million to $7.7 million, Gbaja-Biamila does not believe he will be fighting for a roster spot, especially after a productive 2007.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had some good news and some, um, unusual news after Wednesday's practice.

The pass-rushing defensive end's May 29 knee injury is keeping him out of this week's minicamp. On Wednesday, he said his recovery is going well and he "no doubt" should be ready for training camp.

As for the unusual news? KGB said the last time he had surgery was in high school, when he had his wisdom teeth removed under partial anesthesia.

"I was just somewhat out. I remember I urinated on myself," Gbaja-Biamila said.

"That was too much information, wasn't it?" he asked.

With his role reduced significantly last year — he played in barely more than 40 percent of the defensive snaps last season — KGB was back to scaring the, well, poop out of opposing quarterbacks, finishing with 9.5 sacks. That's his most since bagging 13.5 sacks in 2004.

With his salary increasing from $6.6 million to $7.7 million, there's a sense Gbaja-Biamila could be fighting for a roster spot this summer. And there's the continual specter of the Dolphins' disgruntled Jason Taylor possibly being available in a trade and taking KGB's spot.

"I haven't heard anything different," he said when asked about his role for this season. "I don't know how that all works out. You never know with injuries and how the season ends up, but I expect the same type of role that I had last year. I think they were really pleased with my performance, and I was pretty effective, I believe. You look at how many snaps I got compared to the results."

Indeed, the results were impressive. Until an ankle injury in Week 11, he was the team's most consistent pass rusher. He owned the Vikings' standout tackle, Bryant McKinnie, netting four sacks in two meetings. KGB attributes his stellar play to his faith not letting him be down about losing his starting job.

"I always just believed that God was in control of everything and if God wanted me to start, I'd be starting," Gbaja-Biamila said. "It's not that I don't want to be a starter, I just take it as, what can I do? What do they want me to do? Be faithful with it."

Gbaja-Biamila has played in at least 15 regular-season games the last six seasons. With that history of health, watching from the sideline has been strange. Sort of like being dead, he said.

"I kind of feel it's a prelude of when you're done, when you're retired, like being dead without being dead," Gbaja-Biamila said. "So, I kind of feel like I'm out of the loop a little bit there. But I'm just going to try to stay connected and go to team meetings and things of that nature and still rehab."

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