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December 20, 2013

Smith probable for Sunday's game with dislocated finger

Wide receiver Steve Smith is probable for Sunday’s game after dislocating his left middle finger in practice on Wednesday.

Smith was limited in Friday’s practice, but coach Ron Rivera said he felt good about Smith’s prospects for Sunday’s game against New Orleans.

“He’s got nine other ones,” Rivera joked. “That’s the way I look at it.”

Smith caught several soft passes from receivers coach Ricky Proehl on the sideline during the portion of practice open to the media. He caught one pass from Cam Newton, a lob at the end of a drill, before going to the stretching period.

Rivera said he believes Smith would be able to catch one of Newton’s fastballs over the middle come Sunday.

“Steve will find a way,” Rivera said. “Believe me. But you know never know.”

Smith is joined by tight ends Greg Olsen (foot) and Brandon Williams (hip) on the injury report as probable. Only Jonathan Stewart (knee) is listed as out.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 20, 2013 at 01:09 PM | Permalink


vs New Orleans in a game that could move the Panthers up to the #2 seed and Lead the Division, Probable = PLAYING

Posted by: Richard | Dec 20, 2013 1:42:12 PM

Hi guys, I haven't been on the blog for most of the season but I've been watching. Congratulations on the great season so far, and here's my best Christmas wishes for two more regular season wins.

Posted by: Ray | Dec 21, 2013 4:17:37 PM

Please fire Shula.

Posted by: Ryan | Dec 22, 2013 3:11:16 PM

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