Peete says he's prepared for target return date

Rodney Peete will likely return to play on his target return date, November 10th against the New Orleans Saints.

Charlotte, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers' Rodney Peete has missed the last two games following arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.   He says he will be ready to play Nov. 10 when the Panthers return from a bye week to face the New Orleans Saints. 

"I anticipate being ready for New Orleans," Peete said. "Given the fact that we're off this week is really going to help. It gives me another weekend of rehab and then some serious on-the-field work next week with the extended week. I think it will be ready to go."

Peete left the game in week six against Dallas with a concussion.  Because he likely would not have been able to play the following week anyway and a bye was coming up, the team decided that then was the best time to have the surgery done.  The surgery appears to have done its job.  Peete did some light throwing on Wednesday of this week.

"It felt pretty good," said Peete. "It's still a little bit sore from surgery but it felt good moving around and working through it. It definitely feels better than it did before the surgery, so that is encouraging."

Both Chris Weinke and Randy Fasani have started in game while Peete has been recovering from his surgery.  Neither has done particularly well.  Going into the bye week, the Panther offense has gone 11 quarters without scoring a touchdown.  Peete hopes to come back and help the team gain some of the momentum that they had in the season's beginning.

"We've been a little stagnant the last couple of weeks," Peete said. "We've got to be efficient and get back to doing the things that we did the first three ball games and that is playing mistake-free and moving the ball when we needed to move it.  Everybody has to take a deep breath and go out and play and forget about all of the external stuff and really concentrate on putting the past in the past."

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