Typically in the NFL when a player gets hurt the specifics of the injury are detailed within a few days using such descriptors as sprain, strain, pull, aggravated, slight tear or even the dreaded broken. Usually I say, because sometimes a team just decides to not give details.
We know Panthers DE Julius Peppers left the Falcons game with an injured hand and returned sparingly. He played the following week against the Dolphins with his hand bandaged. Still no word on what specifically is wrong with his hand, just this:
Inside the Panthers: Fox still circumspect about Peppers' hand injury
"I could say," Fox said Friday after Peppers played mostly on passing downs in a 24-17 loss Thursday against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium. "But I probably wouldn’t."
Fox is blazing new territory with his verbal 'no speak'. When exactly would he not say what the injury is? At some future press conference when he is asked about the injury...again? What about the interview he was actually in? Pondering this brought poetry to my finger tips...
So could you, would you, Mr. Fox?
Could you, would you, in a sky box?
Would you say whats wrong with Peppers hand?
Would you, could you John I am?
So here is my theory:
Peppers lost his hand in a light-saber duel with his long lost evil father and had to replace it with a bionic hand, hence the bandage and the lack of details. Just wait until he gets used to his new hand...he will be able to bitch slap LTs to the ground with a flick of the wrist! At a cool $5M he can afford it.
A less likely scenario...much less...is the Panthers don't want the competition to know how badly Peppers hand is injured because he plans to play as much as possible. Opposing players might try to aggravate it. I know that sounds extremely paranoid but hey...some people can't help but predict the impossible scenarios.
So will Peppers play more against the Jets? It usually takes a few weeks to break in a bionic hand but I expect his plays to increase this game but he won't be at 100% for another week or two.
So the mystery is solved!