Panthers DE Julius Peppers was talking earlier today about his recent stretch of games, and how he feels more comfortable in the defense and in the locker room this year. And he admitted that last year, when owner Jerry Richardson challenged him to take over the defense, he hesitated because of the presence of veteran DE Mike Rucker.
"I respect him that much," Peppers said. "I didn't want to step on any toes."
For more on Peppers, read tomorrow's Herald.
Also Wednesday, RT Jeff Otah and C Ryan Kalil were held out again, while WR D.J. Hackett was back in practice in a limited basis. Panthers coach John Fox said Hackett had progressed from week-to-week to day-to-day.