CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Peter is back on the practice field for the Carolina Panthers, trying to salvage what is shaping up as his second disappointing season in as many years in the NFL.
"It's not exactly what I had pictured," Peter said Thursday before going out to once again test a surgically repaired left arm, one that doctors said nearly seven weeks ago should be fixed in four.
Peter said he wasn't sure if he would miss his seventh consecutive game Sunday when the Panthers (5-6) take on the NFC West-leading St. Louis Rams (9-2).
"I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "I think if I do play, it will be very limited."
Coach George Seifert said it was too soon to make a decision on Peter's status for Sunday. But Seifert said the most likely scenario would be that Peter would sit out for one more week.
Peter, a defensive end taken with the 14th overall selection in the 1998 draft, missed two games as a rookie because of biceps and neck problems, helping limit him to one sack in his rookie year.
He had just 1´ sacks this year in four-plus games before being sidelined by numbness and tingling in his left arm and hand. The injury occurred when Peter's arm was twisted awkwardly while he was trying to make a tackle during Carolina's victory at San Francisco on Oct. 17.