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August 22, 2011

Smith Says He's Ready To Play Thursday Night

Wide receiver Steve Smith said today that he will be in the lineup Thursday when the Panthers play their third preseason game at Cincinnati, his first action of the preseason that was interrupted by a hand injury two weeks ago.

Smith said the stitches were removed from his left hand last weekend and he will wear a small pad under his glove to protect the injured area.

The veteran wide receiver spent extra time after practice with Legedu Naanee and Wallace Wright catching passes from quarterback Cam Newton and sounded happy about the progress.

"I thought today was our best practice. We were going on all cylinders," Smith said.

"We were throwing the ball downfield and we were making some good catches. Hopefully, it'll come together. When Thursday comes around, we'll be able to display that in a lot of plays."

Smith said he felt the offense was behind because of the inability to practice during the lockout and the installation of a new system.

"By now we'd have been doing a lot of different things. But because of the lockout stuff, we weren't able to. By now, our coaches would have coached us up on the little minor mistakes we're making now, we'd have gotten that fixed. We'd be hitting the ground running."

Also:

-- Head coach Ron Rivera said offensive tackle Jeff Otah has "come along big time" in recent days after dealing with issues related to his surgically repaired knee. "It's only a matter of time with Jeff," Rivera said.

Defensive end Greg Hardy left practice early as the coaching staff is trying to ease him back into workouts after missing most of the preseason due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Rivera said Hardy's departure was expected.

Linebacker Jon Beason, fullback Tony Fiametta, running back Mike Goodson and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz did not participate in practice Monday.

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on August 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM | Permalink

Comments

What's the over/under on Otah missing the whole season again?

Posted by: boogityboogityboogityamen | Aug 22, 2011 5:01:48 PM

i dont know boogity. the coaching staff was saying the same thing this time last year about him.

Posted by: me | Aug 22, 2011 5:05:24 PM

@ Me. Same old shit with Otah. I just hope that he can bounce back.

Posted by: nasty 704 | Aug 22, 2011 5:14:33 PM

Lets go get Tony Ugoh and Limas Sweed. We sure need some help in WR and OL.

Posted by: Tanzania | Aug 22, 2011 7:14:24 PM

Hasn't it been "a matter of time" on Otah since approximately 14 months ago?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 22, 2011 8:10:15 PM

This trash with Otah is getting old. His absence throws the whole O-line out of whack. He needs to decide if he wants to play football or not. Lot's of players play hurt everyday. Where is this kids heart? He has a ton of talent and can be a mauler in the run game. He needs to get his big ass on the field. We have the potential to have (3) 330 pounders on the field at the same time. If Duke Robinson can get right, he could see time at LG rotating with Wharton. Schartz should start at RG and Otah at RT. That is a monstrous O-Line and Double Trouble should run wild behind them.

Posted by: chaos03 | Aug 22, 2011 8:53:55 PM

This trash with Otah is getting old. His absence throws the whole O-line out of whack. He needs to decide if he wants to play football or not. Lot's of players play hurt everyday. Where is this kids heart? He has a ton of talent and can be a mauler in the run game. He needs to get his big ass on the field. We have the potential to have (3) 330 pounders on the field at the same time. If Duke Robinson can get right, he could see time at LG rotating with Wharton. Schartz should start at RG and Otah at RT. That is a monstrous O-Line and Double Trouble should run wild behind them.

Posted by: chaos03 | Aug 22, 2011 8:53:55 PM

Otah is the O-line version of Dan Morgan. Talented, but too-often injured. I'll bet he misses the opener, plays two games, and is done. For good.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 22, 2011 10:19:43 PM

There they go again hyping a confessed non-factor who will crumble at the 1st hit & have to be lifted off by the ambulance crew to the local ER for the final time. This lil washed up sawed off injured ex-WR put together with pins & needles takes a great PR stunt pic pretending to catch passes from a pretend non-existent passer. Very symbolic.

Very soon the retired lil guy will be flat on his back dazed confused not knowing where or who he is all bloodied and busted up headed for the nearest ICU. Gone be bad. Old brittle bones break easy. Defenses lickin they chops. Say yo prayers ...

Cant stand the kitchen then get out of the heat... ...wont be long now ... it will only hurt for a short while then everything goes dark ...

Posted by: undertaker | Aug 23, 2011 7:31:17 AM

LOL UNDERTAKER WHAT????!

Posted by: BOB DOLE | Aug 23, 2011 10:14:51 AM

sounds like the undertaker needs some time off from the funeral home

Posted by: dar456 | Aug 23, 2011 10:52:52 AM

you know its bad when you make bob dole say what.

Posted by: me | Aug 23, 2011 11:33:35 AM

undertaker = anthony bright.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 23, 2011 4:52:18 PM

ok will somebody please tell me why the coaching staff didnt go out and get a left tackle to replace otah just in case he couldnt make it back considering he hasnt played much and is coming off a injury..would it have been smart to have a insurance policy....duhhhh...we got the same old backup offensive lineman from last year which all was terrible last year,.. why we didnt address this issue we need better quality backups

Posted by: dre day | Aug 23, 2011 10:20:48 PM

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