Julius Peppers Undergoes Surgery to Repair Shoulder Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers smiles during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers has been durable over the course of his career, but the team announced he underwent right shoulder surgery Thursday. 

According to the club, a post on Peppers' Instagram story was captioned: "Everything went smooth and I'm recovering well."

The nine-time Pro Bowler made his return to the Panthers in 2017 after spending the first eight years of his career with the franchise.

By season's end, he tied Mario Addison with a team-high 11.0 sacks while forcing a pair of fumbles. 

Few have been better at overcoming ailments than Peppers over the years, as he hasn't missed a game since 2007, so it wouldn't at all be surprising if he makes a full recovery in time for the start of the 2018 campaign. 

The 38-year-old, who will become an unrestricted free agent in March, has yet to announce if he'll return for a 17th NFL season.

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