Peppers shows concern for injured Stafford

September, 12, 2010
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Julius PeppersJerry Lai/US PresswireJulius Peppers ended the day early for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
CHICAGO -- Bears defensive end Julius Peppers made it a point to speak with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after the game ended Sunday.

Peppers hit on Stafford near the end of the first half knocked the former No. 1 pick out of the game with a right shoulder injury.

"I just wanted to know how he was doing and what happened because he's a great young player, and I don't want to see him out for the whole year," Peppers said. "I was just checking up on him seeing if he'll be back."

The Bears prized free-agent acquisition drove Stafford's right shoulder into the turf, somewhat reminiscent of the preseason play when Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie suffered a shoulder injury in San Diego. The Lions' offense never really recovered after Stafford was lost for the day.

"I was just doing my job," Peppers said.

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Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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