Obviously, DE Julius Peppers wasn't here. The interesting thing was how confident everyone was that he would be eventually. Asked when he expected his disgruntled franchise player, Panthers coach John Fox said: "Not any later than training camp, ... that's kind of when the season starts."
Several players emphasized the just-business angle, but it's clear they need him. When MLB Jon Beason was asked what a defensive with Peppers would be like, his eyes shot wide and he said: "Young."
In other notes from the morning:
-- Both RBs DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) and Jonathan Stewart (ankle) were out, along with the four defensive starters coming off offseason shoulder surgery(Beason, DT Damione Lewis, SS Chris Harris and SLB Na'il Diggs). Lewis did some individual work, and said he was on schedule. All should be fine for training camp, and may be back by June.
-- TE Dante Rosario was held out. He's having surgery to fix a lower back problem Monday, but Fox said he should be ready for Spartanburg as well.
-- Fourth-round RB Mike Goodson left practice early with an illness, and no, swine flu jokes aren't funny yet.
-- For the record, Charles Johnson was working with the ones in Peppers place, while Dan Connor had Beason's spot and James Anderson was in for Diggs. They were rotating some guys through when Lewis didn't work, but third-rounder Corvey Irvin's going to get a chance.