Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder Thursday.
Peppers posted on his Instagram account after the procedure that "everything went smooth," so the expectation is that he'll be at or near full strength when NFL training camps open in the summer. The veteran pass rusher, who will hit free agency this offseason, has yet to announce if he'll return for a 17th NFL campaign. If he does decide to play in 2018, Peppers should have no shortage of suitors interested in signing him to a short-term deal after he racked up 33 tackles and 11 sacks over 16 games while serving in a rotational role for the Panthers last season.
Peppers finished with 33 tackles (21 solo), 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season.
Peppers continued to evade father time, as he not only posted his tenth double-digit sack campaign at age 37, but moved into fourth all-time in the category in the process. Clearly still menace off the edge, Peppers tied teammate Mario Addison for the Panthers' team lead, with both players ranking just outside the top 10 league-wide. Peppers can rest assured knowing he's destined for the Hall of Fame whenever he opts to retire, but after such effectiveness, it's worth wondering whether he plans to continue to play as he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Peppers marked three tackles (one solo) and one sack Sunday against the Buccaneers.
With his 11th sack of the season, Peppers reached his final sack incentive and cashed in on $250,000 -- adding to the $500,000 he earned from his previous sack benchmarks of seven and nine. This is quite a remarkable accomplishment, seeing as he played just 40 of 67 defensive snaps Sunday, and he's been strictly a situational pass rusher all season. With a crucial seeding game against the Falcons on the horizon, expect Peppers to have ample opportunities to add to his sack total.
Peppers recorded two tackles and 0.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.
Facing off against his former team, Peppers was able to apply pressure to Aaron Rodgers, notching his 10th sack of the season. Despite playing rotationally for the Panthers -- he logged 54 percent of the team's defensive snaps Sunday -- Peppers continues to make his presence felt on the field.
Peppers notched a sack in Sunday's win over the Jets, which brings his season total up to 8.5.
Peppers had gone two consecutive weeks without a sack, but made up for it Sunday. He also had three tackles (one solo) on the day. The veteran saw 38 snaps (54.0 percent), and figures to continue seeing a similar workload going forward.
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||44||29.0||15||7||2||101||50.5||52||2||11|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||37||25.0||12||10.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||23||15.0||8||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
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|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||4||0||3||2||3||0|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|