GREEN BAY, Wis. Don Mattingly Jersey . - Julius Peppers is short and direct when talking in front of the cameras.Not even a looming trip to Chicago to face his old team Sunday will get the Green Bay Packers even-keeled pass rusher to show some emotion.This is just business, Peppers said Thursday. He would know after getting cut by the Bears in the off-season as a salary cap hit.Never hard feelings. Its the business, the 34-year-old Peppers said. People might not go from Green Bay to Chicago, or from Chicago to Green Bay, all the time, but people change teams all the time. Its nothing really extraordinary about this situation.Its also not often that a team gets to add a 6-foot-7 pass rusher who entered the season with 118 1/2 sacks.Yes, I foresee a little extra motivation, but I hopefully dont foresee him having a bigger game against us, Bears running back Matt Forte said. He definitely has found new life over there with a change of scenery and a new team and a new defence.It could have been different had the outcome of the last game between the fierce NFC North rivals gone the Bears way.Fourth-and-8 from the 48 with 46 seconds left. Peppers, with Chicago, rushes free off the right edge.Fullback John Kuhn slides over at the last second and chips Peppers just long enough to allow quarterback Aaron Rodgers to take a step free left. Rodgers finds receiver Randall Cobb down the field with 38 seconds left for a touchdown.Packers win 33-28 to take the division title.If I wouldve made the play, I probably wouldnt be here now, Peppers said.Its kind of like one of those things like, at the time it was the worst thing that couldve happened, he added. But now its like the best thing that couldve happened.Playing mainly right defensive end, Peppers had 175 sacks in his four years in Chicago. His arrival in Green Bay fit with coach Mike McCarthys plan to punch up the pass rush and get more big plays.The Packers, who primarily played a 3-4 defence in recent years, have used more four-linemen looks with Peppers. He has also been asked to cover more than he has had in the past.McCarthy said Peppers is growing more and more comfortable. Last week, Peppers got his first sack with Green Bay, forcing Detroits Matthew Stafford to fumble in the process.Theyre doing a good job of resting him and then playing him so hes staying fresh, Bears offensive co-ordinator Aaron Kromer said. And their defensive line, theyre rotating guys keeping them fresh and thats where you see the difference a€” hes not playing every down so when he comes in he can give it everything.On the field is where Peppers is at his vocal, animated best, Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones said. Midweek in practice, hes a second coach on the field.Jones, a second-year pro, spoke of how Peppers has taught him ways to shed blockers. To Jones, Peppers is a role model.Just how hes studying in meetings, how hes taking notes down and those are some of the things I do every day, Jones said. Its all about the little things, you know you do the little things, you have a bigger payout.Jones said he thought Peppers was going to be very emotional going back to Chicago.If thats the case, Peppers is doing a good job of not letting on.I have nothing but respect for that whole organization, from the ownership to the coaches to the players, Peppers said. This is a business trip. Im a Green Bay Packer now, so thats what it is.But returning with Chicago for the first time to Carolina a€” the team that drafted him in 2002 a€” was different.Going back to Chicago a€” that appears more to be more about business.It was the first time playing against a former team. Its just a little bit different. Carolina is home. So that was the main thing; it was home, Peppers said. Chicago wasnt really home. It was more of a place ... it wasnt home. So, thats the difference.Note: Matthews (groin) was limited for a second straight day in practice, though he said afterward that he would be out there on Sunday. Fellow LBs Nick Perry (wrist) and Brad Jones (quad) were also limited.___AP freelance writer Gene Chamberlain in Lake Forest, Illinois, contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Genaro Armas at http://twitter.com/GArmasAP Thairo Estrada Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Gleyber Torres Jersey . 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