Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers' Peppers practices, should be ready for season

August 28, 2018 - 6:28 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers practiced on a limited basis for the first time since re-signing with the team earlier this offseason.

The 38-year-old Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February and has been rehabbing ever since. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there's no point in playing the 16-year NFL veteran in the preseason, but expects him to be ready for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against Dallas.

Rivera says Peppers ``looked good'' during team drills Monday.

The team will increase his reps as the regular season approaches and expect him to play a role similar to last season when he had 11 sacks. Peppers is fourth on the NFL's career sack list with 154.5 and needs six to pass Kevin Greene for third place.


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