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August 11, 2009

Agent: Smith out minimum two weeks

SPARTANBURG – Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith’s availability for the Carolina Panthers’ preseason schedule is in question after he suffered a shoulder injury during a training camp practice Monday night at Wofford.

   The team announced that x-ray results on Smith’s right shoulder were negative, revealing no structural damage. Team officials said they didn’t know the full nature of the injury or how long he might be out.

    However, Smith’s agent, Derrick Fox, said late Monday night that Smith likely would miss a minimum of two weeks with what appears to be a strained shoulder. If that timetable holds, Smith would miss the team’s first two exhibitions, on the road against the New York Giants (Aug. 17) and Miami Dolphins (Aug. 22).

   Smith also could be questionable for home exhibitions against


(Aug. 29) and


(Sept. 3).

   Fox said Smith was considering undergoing an MRI to provide more details about the injury and how best it should be treated.

   “Steve has a high threshold of pain, and he’s in a lot of pain, so something’s off-kilter,” said Fox.

   Smith got tangled up with cornerback Chris Gamble during a passing drill. Smith fell on the shoulder, shouting in pain as he hit the ground. He stayed on the ground about five minutes while being attended to by assistant trainer Reggie Scott.

   Smith eventually walked to a nearby tent, kicking his helmet in frustration. He stayed there several more minutes under trainers’ care, grimacing in pain, before getting carted off the field into the locker room.

   Smith was seen about an hour later walking into the team cafeteria with his shoulder in a sling.

   Smith is a four-time Pro Bowler and, along with quarterback Jake Delhomme, arguably is one of the offense’s two most irreplaceable players.

   In his absence, the top two wide receivers are Muhsin  Muhammad and Dwayne Jarrett, who are both taller, possession-type receivers and lack Smith’s dynamic speed, quickness and game-breaking ability.
   The Panthers' depth at wide receiver is scarce. The top reserves behind Muhammad and Jarrett are Ryne Robinson and Kenny Moore. Robinson has four career catches and Moore hasn't played in an NFL game.
   The Panthers already have lost starting defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu for the season. He tore his Achilles tendon on the opening day of training camp practice Aug. 3, which required surgery and landed him on the injured reserve list.
-- Charles Chandler and David Scott
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Posted by Observer Sports on August 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM | Permalink


I watched Smith get laid out regularly last season. Though he has had his fair share of injuries throghout his career, he did seem to be more susceptible to tackles that he would usually take in stride. I thought then that that was a sign that he may have already hit his peak, and it looks like that may be the case.

I understand that he had great numbers last year considering he was suspended for two weeks for "the incident" (which is what he still refers it to, as if it was something that found him versus something he did), but for someone of Steve Smith's caliber, he should be getting that 2,000 yards he promised us a couple of years ago.

On a lighter note, I'm glad he managed to kick his own helmet versus Gamble's (or more directly, Delhomme's). It shows that he is trying to control his temper, no?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 11, 2009 2:40:35 AM

SYRPIS: I heard Tampa is looking for band-wagon fans, don't you think it is time for you to join them? No one will miss you hear I promise.

Posted by: Thorrez | Aug 11, 2009 4:25:10 AM

best yrs are behind him....this team is done i fear.

jake stinks

Posted by: Sean May | Aug 11, 2009 9:42:09 AM

ha! how appropriate that the last msg was written by Sean May. He thinks the team is done.....well that doesn't mean much to me considering Sean himself is still holding on hope that his career won't be a total flameout.

don't play Smitty until week 1 vs philly. no need to further jeopardize our season.

Posted by: tom P | Aug 11, 2009 9:58:41 AM

Sean May likee the same one who did nothibg for the Bobcats man I was mad when mthe Lakers didnt pick you now I'm happy as can be and if you're not that sean may hey as bad as he been I bet you wish you were him.

Posted by: Telling Like It Is | Aug 11, 2009 10:04:49 AM

sean may's whack this one and the real one

Posted by: Ezell | Aug 11, 2009 10:09:13 AM

you got that right Ezell.

Honestly, Smith doesn't need pre-season, he'll whip tail in reg season....i do wonder if jake can get him the ball. Smith could slowly lose his edge and not reel in the poorly slung balls. He has bailed out jake numerous times.

Posted by: Sean May | Aug 11, 2009 10:45:26 AM

Oh... and our QB will be fine too. So he had a bad game. Doesn't every great QB have at least 1. Remember that he's the one who took us to one of the best reg. season records the Panthers ever have seen. Smith will bounce back. Delhome has something to prove. This year, we will be better than last I'm sure and that will not be easy. This is our year. Time for the fans to get behind Jake. It's interesting that 1 bad game discounts an otherwise amazing season for us folks.

Posted by: doug | Aug 11, 2009 11:54:03 AM

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