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August 16, 2010

Smith: "Trying to get chump-proof"

    While there may not be a player who hates training camp more than Panthers WR Steve Smith, he was in a good enough mood talking to reporters after being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

    His twice-broken left arm has healed sufficiently that he's catching passes from quarterbacks, as he did in the morning session.

    Smith was full of one-liners Monday afternoon, shrugging and saying "I don't really care," about playing in the preseason, though it's obvious he'd prefer to skip the exhibitions.

    He also joked that "there ain't much bone left in this thing," saying he still had three plates and 15-20 screws. 

    He said he hopes opposing players don't target his arm, but added "every so often you come up on a chump."

    Asked if he was planning to wear any protective gear, he grinned and said he was "trying to get chump-proof."

    We'll have more on Smith's return later.


— Darin Gantt

    

Posted by Observer Sports on August 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

Comments

smith just told wfnz that he has no pain and is ready for the opener.

Posted by: JAY | Aug 16, 2010 1:08:33 PM

While Smith needs some live action against other opponents in "real game" situations maybe he should wait till after the Jets game. They sure have some "chumps" on defense. They've replaced the Raiders as the dirtiest team in football. Ravens D is up there in the dirty category too. Glad to have Smitty getting ready 'tho we have to have him to do anything this year.

Posted by: moondown | Aug 16, 2010 2:05:36 PM

I would be perfectly happy if they held him out of exhibition games and contact drills all camp. We need the guy for week one, not two-a-days. Glad to see he's feeling better-this will definately be Smitty's best season.

Posted by: Fatty McButterpants | Aug 16, 2010 2:11:21 PM

It will be a strong season but I don't really see a repeat of his 2005 triple crown. Maybe.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Aug 16, 2010 2:16:10 PM

I think they should keep him out until regular season. No need to risk anything just let it continue to heal & build or strenghthen muscle around it.

Posted by: MrBernz | Aug 16, 2010 2:19:06 PM

Ya never know G20. Smitty has been known to make his OWN kind of magic, and I for one wouldn't put anything past the Cardiac Cats ........

Posted by: nasty 704 | Aug 16, 2010 2:52:21 PM

Ya never know G20. Smitty has been known to make his OWN kind of magic, and I for one wouldn't put anything past the Cardiac Cats ........

Posted by: nasty 704 | Aug 16, 2010 2:52:21 PM

I love Steve Smith and he is a great player but he better get the conditioning going or else he will pull a hamstring again if he doesn't get in true game shape. That would be a terrible! GO Panthers!

Posted by: chammond | Aug 16, 2010 3:10:54 PM

If any of you saw his interview on ESPN, you could tell he was ready to play NY. He noted that the DB that broke his arm should look out, even though he couldnt remember his name and said it didnt matter. Classic Smitty.

Posted by: djfoams | Aug 16, 2010 3:26:37 PM

Smith will be ready. He is a vet. The rest was good for him and as long as he can practice. I am not worried about gameday for Smith. We know he comes to play each and every game. How can you doubt a man that gets his arm broken and still holds onto the ball for a touchdown! I have never seen another player that tough! I can't wait for Stve to burn some "chumps" this season.

Posted by: Minorj1 | Aug 16, 2010 4:21:27 PM

Smith will be ready. He is a vet. The rest was good for him and as long as he can practice. I am not worried about gameday for Smith. We know he comes to play each and every game. How can you doubt a man that gets his arm broken and still holds onto the ball for a touchdown! I have never seen another player that tough! I can't wait for Stve to burn some "chumps" this season.

Posted by: Minorj1 | Aug 16, 2010 4:21:30 PM

Smith needs to get in game shape so he will practice and play when he is physically ready. A couple of series against the Titans and then more against Steelers.
The Panthers are going to surprise some people this season. 10-6 or 11-5.

Posted by: Jimcat | Aug 16, 2010 4:27:06 PM

Anyone hear his interview with ESPN during their camp tour? He was getting on the Giants secondary. Gotta love Smitty.....

Posted by: Ben | Aug 16, 2010 5:40:51 PM

89!!!!

Posted by: darren | Aug 16, 2010 6:18:19 PM

I hope we don't see Smitty on the field again until 9/12/10. There is no reason to have him taking any contact during games or practice. He is one of the toughest players in the NFL and he doesn't need to risk injury at all during the preseason or in practice.

Posted by: Smiley | Aug 16, 2010 6:38:12 PM

He has been doing work outs to stay in shape the whole time the Panthers have been practicing. He just hasnt been with the team he has been working out with other injured players. He should be in great shape other than his arm, & that will be ready to go for the opening game even if it needs a protective cover on it.

Posted by: MrBernz | Aug 16, 2010 8:59:33 PM

JAKES LOOKING GOOD IN CLEVELAND!

Posted by: JJ | Aug 17, 2010 10:53:09 AM

ALSO THE FANS IN CLEVELAND ARE EXCITED
TO HAVE HIM THERE HOPE YOU HATERS DONT
REGRET!

Posted by: JJ | Aug 17, 2010 10:55:47 AM

Good luck to Jake, but it was time to leave Carolina.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Aug 17, 2010 4:52:06 PM

Cleveland would be excited to have Trent Edwards.

Posted by: Deadpool | Aug 18, 2010 6:22:35 PM

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