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Panthers DE Peppers misses another practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2006) -- Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers missed his second day of practice with a shoulder injury and still is listed as questionable for the NFC championship game against Seattle.

Peppers, who was injured last week in the divisional playoff victory at Chicago, also was feeling ill. Unlike the day before, when he watched practice from the sidelines, Peppers was seen walking toward his car while the Panthers were on the field.

Still, his teammates believe he'll be ready to go against the Seahawks on Jan. 22.

"Oh, he'll be back, he's a gamer," safety Mike Minter said. "You can afford, at this point in time, to miss a couple of practices and still be fine for the game. You've played enough football that rust is not going to set in at this point."

Defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead (ankle) also missed practice and is listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jordan Carstens (illness), fullback Brad Hoover (ankle), Minter (wrist), and offensive linemen Jeff Mitchell (knee) and Tutan Reyes (toe) all practiced and were upgraded to probable.

The Associated Press News Service

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