Morgan, who has never played a full 16-game season, vows to make it through this one.
It's a similar injury to one he first suffered three years ago, which
caused him to miss the final three games of the 2002 season and finish the
season on injured reserve. This time around, with the Panthers still in the
playoff hunt, Morgan said he's going to try to play through the injury with
a harness on his shoulder, one that could limit how far he can extend his
"I just need to play through it," Morgan said. "I just have to take my
mind off it and just play. I'm not 100 percent, but I think I'll be able to
If Morgan gets hurt, you can expect Carolina's third-ranked run defense
to take a huge hit.
Also, Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers said he doesn't expect a
broken bone in his right hand to keep him out of Sunday's game against the
Minnesota Vikings. Peppers said he broke a bone in the middle finger near
the base of his hand, also against the Lions. He returned to action with a
cast on, but was primarily used on third downs and obvious passing
He expects to be back in the regular defensive line rotation on Sunday.
"I am expecting to play like I normally play," said Peppers, who got his
first sack of the season before the bye week against Detroit.
Amazingly, the former two-sport star said it's the first time he's ever
broken a bone while playing a sport.
Though he did not practice on Monday, Peppers said he plans to get some
work in on Wednesday and try out the new cast. Unlike some old-time NFL
players, Peppers will not have his hand wrapped in a gigantic cast, so
there's no temptation to use it as a club.
"It's not really that hard," Peppers said. "It's a hard cast, but I would
probably hurt myself more if I try to whack somebody with it."
Morgan, Peppers battle through injuries
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