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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Peppers out vs. Cowboys, stops consecutive games streak at 78

Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers had his streak of consecutive games played snapped at 78 when he was inactive for Saturday night's game against Dallas with a sprained right knee.

Peppers hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in last weekend's win over Seattle. Peppers, who has been held to three sacks this season and failed to make the Pro Bowl for the first time in four years, was replaced by rookie Charles Johnson in the starting lineup.

Peppers hadn't missed a game since he was suspended for the final four games of his rookie season in 2002 for violating the NFL's banned substance policy.

Vinny Testaverde, who has been plagued by soreness in his right Achilles' tendon, was Carolina's emergency No. 3 quarterback. That made David Carr the backup to rookie Matt Moore, who was making his second start.

The Cowboys were without two starters. Center Andre Gurode (knee) was replaced by Cory Procter, and Keith Davis started at safety with Roy Williams serving a one-game suspension for an illegal ``horse-collar'' tackle.

Dallas safety Patrick Watkins (ankle) did not play, and receiver Terry Glenn (knee) remained out despite practicing on a limited basis the past two weeks.