Julius Peppers: 'We don't want a reputation for injuring anyone'

So much for the intimidation factor.

The Chicago Bears are gearing up to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field and the NFC North cellar dwellers have moved to their third quarterback, Drew Stanton, for this meeting.

Detroit’s quarterback misery began in the season opener at Soldier Field when Julius Peppers drove Matthew Stafford into turf, right shoulder first. Stafford suffered a separated shoulder, and injury that popped up again last month against the New York Jets. Now, Shaun Hill is out and the Bears are feasting their eyes on a No. 3 quarterback for the second time in three weeks.

But Peppers doesn’t want the defense to have a reputation for knocking quarterbacks out.

“We have a reputation of running to the football, hustling and hitting hard, making good tackles," Peppers said. "That's the reputation we want. Not a reputation for injuring anyone."

Peppers was named the NFC defensive player of the month for November. He had four sacks and the award probably had as much to do with the prominent play by the unit as a whole as much as anything.

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