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Quiet season puzzles Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers says he can still do his job. But Peppers says he knows he hasn't done it now. Peppers has just three sacks in the first 13 games of the year. That's 77th in NFL. The former North Carolina star and second overall pick in the 2002 draft insisted again yesterday that he feels fine physically. The three-time Pro Bowler had been sidelined in training camp with an illness. Peppers has gone from one of the most feared defensive ends who demanded a double team on nearly every play, to someone who is single-blocked on nearly every down and a virtual non-factor. The Panthers are preparing for Sunday's game against Seattle and defensive end Patrick Kerney, whose 13½ sacks lead the league. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)