Fox not expecting Peppers for remainder of season

Coach Fox feels that Peppers' spectacular season is likely over.

Charlotte, N.C. - Rookie defensive end Julius Peppers' appeal of a four-game suspension is to be heard this coming Tuesday in New York. Panthers' coach John Fox does not think Peppers has much of a chance and feels that Carolina will be without Peppers for the remainder of the season. 

"I would say there is minimal chance that (he'll win), but stranger things have happened," Fox said.

Peppers was suspended November 14th for unknowingly using a dietary supplement that contained a substance banned by the NFL.  Peppers has twelve sacks in his first year in the NFL and if he is suspended, his presence will be missed by the Panthers sixth ranked defense.

The remainder of the regular NFL season will not be all that Peppers will miss if he is suspended.  He will also fail to make the Pro-Bowl and miss out on the defensive rookie of the year honor.  Both of these honors would be well within the reach of Peppers.  Coach Fox has been extremely impressed with Peppers' performance this NFL season and feels that he deserves these honors.

"I can only say that Julius has played outstanding for us and I'm very pleased with his performance," Fox said. "I think he's deserving, in my opinion."

If Peppers is suspended, Al Wallace will likely be taking his place at the left defensive end position.

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