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August 11, 2009

Steve Smith interview transcript

Following is a transcript from Steve Smith's interview with reporters today in Spartanburg about his shoulder injury, suffered Monday night after he collided with cornerback Chris Gamble. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity:

(What happened?):

We were doing one-on-ones. I think it was two competitors going after the ball. You know, accidents happen. I spoke to Gam and I know it wasn't a malicious act or (him) trying to do it personally. But I'm still upset because going through camp, whether it's (been) nine years or one year, any person doesn't want to get hurt and they want to get through camp peacefully and injury-free so you can go into the season and not have to worry about little things lingering or nagging. Because once the real bullets are going, it's going to be a lot more to concern yourself about.

(Did the injury occur when the two of you collided or when you landed on the ground?)

It was when I hit that immovable object -- the ground. I felt it immediately. I thought it was broken. It was hurting. But it is not (broken) and we'll just kind of play it by ear with Ryan (Vermillion, the head trainer). The training staff is doing a good job of icing it and stuff that's necessary.

(What time frame do you think your recovery will involve?):

I left my degree, my medical degree, in Utah (his college), so I'm not sure I can make that assessment.

(Wll you play in the regular season opener?)

If I can play, then I'm playing, whether it be preseason or the regular season. If I can't play, I'm not going to play. If I'm not going to be effective and able to compete, then it's not best for the team. I think you've got to be comfortable where you are and feel like you can help. If I'm a lame duck out there, the 11th guy just out there, I don't that's going to really benefit the team.

(Do you need to play in the preseason?)

In my world, I probably don't believe I need to, but I just work here. I don't know whether I should or shouldn't play in the preseason or not.

(What did you land on specifically?)

I landed on my shoulder.

(Is it separated?)

As far as exactly what I did, I'm not going to say exactly what happened. Believe it or not, I've still got a lot of games to play and I'm not going to give the opponent a bulls-eye or a target.

(How much do you think this is going to limit you from going to get balls?)

I'm not concerned about limit or any of that stuff. With the training staff, I think when I get back out there, the mobility of it will not impede (me).

(Are you fairly certain you'll be ready to play when the regular season starts?)

I would hope so. But once again, I'm not sure exactly the timetable when I'll be full-go ... whether it be preseason or regular season.

(Some guys don't like to practice. You seem to enjoy it. What's your approach to practice?)

To get out of practice and not practice, and still be here, that doesn't make any sense to me. If I'm not going to practice, I might as well be at home. If I'm going to be here and practice, I'm going to try to do my best in practice and get the most out of it. Every practice, you get an opportunity to learn something. You get to watch a technique you may not see (otherwise). ... It's all a learning opportunity.

(Are you considering getting an MRI?)

That move is going to be determined really by the medical staff and myself. It's not something I'm going to really publicize. Whatever goes on with the medical staff, myself and the people on my side of it, we'll discuss that and keep that between us.

(How will you spend these next few days)

Drinking loads of Powerade and hanging out. For real, to be honest, just getting treatment, watching movies, reading books, stuff like that.

(Do you plan to go back to Charlotte or stay in Spartanburg the rest of the week?)

It really just depends on what decisions we make.

-- Charles Chandler


Posted by Observer Sports on August 11, 2009 at 01:21 PM | Permalink

Comments

Get well Smitty...the Panthers need you. BTW, thanks for signing so much stuff for my 9 y.o. daughter at camp last week. People who meet you personally know what a good guy you are. Thanks again.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Aug 11, 2009 1:43:01 PM

good comments by steve, enough info but not too much info. get well soon 89.

Posted by: john | Aug 11, 2009 1:43:42 PM

Steve- hang in there.I got a good feeling going in this season with the offense & defense.I hope this doesn't turn into a couple of seasons ago when everyone got hurt.Maybe we will have better luck this time.Good luck to the best receiver in football.

Posted by: Brian Jordan | Aug 11, 2009 1:50:47 PM

It sounds like Steve Smith also got a degree from the Fox-Hurney School of Not Saying Too Much To The Media. Get that shoulder right, b/c the Panthers aren't the same without you in the lineup.

Posted by: craig craig | Aug 11, 2009 1:59:34 PM

I'm sorry...can someone explain the big deal about an MRI? Why not just get one...and why the big secret?

Get well soon, Steve...

Posted by: Evan | Aug 11, 2009 2:04:49 PM

Hey its allgood everyone this is a good time to see what we really have in our other receivers r made of,man iam so ready for the first preseason game.
GO PANTHERS!!

Posted by: drobinson21 | Aug 11, 2009 2:26:06 PM

Get well 89. You complete all of Panther Nation.

Posted by: coach4040 | Aug 11, 2009 2:27:52 PM

thanks guys!

Posted by: ssmith | Aug 11, 2009 2:29:37 PM

Who is JBurleson???

Posted by: Joshin | Aug 11, 2009 2:35:48 PM

Steve Smith is smart. I loved the not giving the opponent a bulls eye quote. what a competitor! He will be back 1st game regular season. This is a smart move by the Panthers. Keep our opponents off balance when it comes to game planning. They don't know if Smith will compete or not.

Posted by: Minorj1 | Aug 11, 2009 2:59:49 PM

he truly is a class act

unless you count the time he punched his teammate

Posted by: Sean May | Aug 11, 2009 3:02:42 PM

"You know, accidents happen"

Steve Smith is, you know, taking after me

Posted by: Frank Garcia | Aug 11, 2009 3:14:18 PM

Which time?

Posted by: Celery | Aug 11, 2009 3:17:27 PM

Take care of it Steve, I believe if the lord is willing you will be ready for Philly.

Posted by: Mike Graham | Aug 11, 2009 3:24:19 PM

I was surprised it was gamble that was anywhere around steve smith and the ball...normally gamble would have been lost, 20 yrds behind or avoided contact altogether....i guess that is a plus

Posted by: Lamont Jenkins | Aug 11, 2009 3:32:59 PM

Get well Smitty, we're gonna need you.

Posted by: Panthers Super Fan | Aug 11, 2009 3:35:02 PM

what a shame:Smith gets hurt playing footbal,unlike Ken Lucas and Anthony Bright

Posted by: kevin bost | Aug 11, 2009 3:36:30 PM

sean may ...should say the times he punched his teammates

Posted by: kevin bost | Aug 11, 2009 4:12:53 PM

Gamble admitted he tripped over a water bottle and tripped in Smiths way

Posted by: Scott | Aug 11, 2009 4:21:45 PM

Need you Smith! Get better soon. As long as he is back for the first game this is a positive. This way we can see what other talent we have behind him and give them more reps and see if they can step up

Posted by: panthers24 | Aug 11, 2009 4:25:15 PM

TO Steve Smith,

Trust me, You don't need training camp. You fishing. You will be ready for the first game.

Posted by: dialectic | Aug 11, 2009 5:34:23 PM

"...once the real bullets are going, it's going to be a lot more to concern yourself about." Was that a threat to Gamble, or is he finally fed up with Delhomme letting him hang up to dry on a consistent basis?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Aug 12, 2009 3:46:08 AM

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