Aaron Kampman's wait is apparently coming to an end.
Kampman, the Jaguars' veteran defensive end, likely will play for the first time this season Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio said Friday. Kampman missed the first five games of the season after missing the last eight last regular season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Kampman likely will play about 15-20 plays, Del Rio said.
"We're just going to continue to roll, and he'll be part of the rotation," Del Rio said Friday as the Jaguars (1-4) prepared to play the Steelers (3-2) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday at 1 p.m.
"For him and the leadership part of it, it's outstanding. He's extremely aware, intense. When you have guys like that on the field, as part of your unit, it just makes the unit stronger."
Kampman, who registered four sacks in eight games last season, practiced full Thursday for the first time this season. He was limited in practice Friday, but said that was the plan for the week from the beginning.
"I feel great – hopefully I get the green light," Kampman said.
Del Rio also said linebacker Daryl Smith likely will play after practicing full Friday. He had been limited with a head injury Wednesday and Thursday. Del Rio said he and cornerback Drew Coleman each passed post-concussion tests this week.
"I'm cool – I'll be suiting up Sunday," Smith said.
Linebacker Clint Session (elbow), running back Montell Owens (knee) and guard/center Jason Spitz (quadriceps) have been ruled out.
Also for the Jaguars Friday:
*Del Rio said rookie wide receiver Cecil Shorts will remain the punt returner. He struggled in spots this past Sunday and has a 3.9-yard-per-return average. He and veteran wide receiver Mike Thomas worked at the position Friday. "He's a good young player," Del Rio said of Shorts. "He just hasn't got on track. He's a young guy and as he makes some plays, he'll gain some confidence. He has some skill. He's going to be a good player. He's going to help us this year, hopefully starting Sunday."
*Left tackle Eugene Monroe did not work with the starters during the portion of practice open to the media, and is listed as questionable on the injury report with a shoulder injury. Monroe left Sunday's loss to the Bengals after playing a reserve role the previous week because of the same issue.
*With Monroe not with the starters, the Jaguars' starting offensive line was: left tackle Guy Whimper, left guard Will Rackley, center Brad Meester, right guard Uche Nwaneri and right tackle Eben Britton. That was the lineup against New Orleans two weeks ago and against the Bengals when Monroe left the game.
*With Session out, Russell Allen was working with the starting unit at outside linebacker.
*Wide receiver Kassim Osgood (hamstring) practiced limited for a third consecutive day and is again questionable on the injury report. If Osgood doesn't play, it will be the third consecutive game the Jaguars will be without Osgood and Owens, their top two special teams players.
*Cornerback Derek Cox worked on a limited basis for a second consecutive day after missing the last two games with a groin injury. He is listed as doubtful on the injury report. If he doesn't play, Will Middleton will start a third consecutive game at corner.
*The following players also were listed as probable on the injury report: Coleman, tight end Zach Miller (shoulder), Whimper (hip), defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (knee), safety Courtney Greene (neck), wide receiver Jason Hill (thigh) and Kampman.