Julius Peppers playing through pesky foot injury

AP

Linebacker Brian Urlacher isn’t the only Bears defender dealing with a lingering injury.

Defensive end Julius Peppers has a case of plantar fasciitis, which caused the team to schedule regular days off during camp. Peppers wouldn’t even tell Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune which foot was bothering him, following the lead of Urlacher’s evasiveness.

I’d refer to it as soreness,” Peppers said. “General soreness.”

Peppers hasn’t missed any game time this far, and looks like the same explosive player during the preseason.

Bears coach Lovie Smith shrugged it off as a non-issue.

“Guys fight through a lot of things,” Smith said. “Lance [Briggs], Roberto [Garza], Brian — all those guys who have been playing that long have something going on. But it’s nothing we can’t monitor.

“We take care of our vets. We get them their work, but we don’t beat them up and stuff. Julius should be fine. How many days has Julius missed? He gets sore every once in a while. Nothing major.”

Peppers is often overlooked, because his production, while good (100 sacks in 10 seasons), hasn’t been viewed to match his ridiculous natural talent.

But he’s played at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps in his two years with the Bears, and has only missed four games because of injury in his career. That kind of durability, coupled with those natural gifts and a better-than-advertised presence against the run, keeps him among the top ends in the league.

8 responses to “Julius Peppers playing through pesky foot injury

  1. PF is hard enough to walk on, let alone run, cut, jump, etc… Makes you walk like a 90 year old man.

    Peppers looked more than OK against my Giants. Guy is a beast.

  2. pilot2011 says:
    Aug 26, 2012 1:06 PM
    I will take Julius Peppers over any Defensive End in the league, and probably until he retires.

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    As a Lions fan, I would too

  3. Good for him, not tipping off future opponents as to which foot they should try and stomp un during the game.

  4. I had plantar fasciitis when I was wrestling, his morning training sessions must SUCK. Guy is a beast when he is 100%, even more of a beast if he can play to that level on a bad wheel. As a Packer fan I want him to be all there every time we play, makes for exciting games.

  5. Anyone who watched the Bears last year had to notice that Peppers actually IMPROVED after his “foot inj”. Don’t know how, don’t know why, but he did. Dude is a freak.

    The reason he doesn’t already have 200 sacks is because he plays 90% of the snaps while getting double and TRIPLE teamed by 300 pound guys and 270 pound TEs while getting held. The refs can literally call holding on every play when Pepp is in.

    and he STILL gets at least 8 sacks, qb pressures, stuffs, and tons of offsides from scared LTs.

    That guy is a genetic freak.

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