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December 19, 2013

Steve Smith misses practice, expected to play vs Saints

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith gave reporters a tongue-in-cheek update on his dislocated finger Thursday.

"I think I'm out. I'm out for Sunday," Smith said jokingly.

Smith was out of practice Thursday, a day after a tipped Cam Newton pass hit the tip of the middle finger on Smith's left hand and dislocated the finger. The injury occurred near the end of Wednesday's practice.

Smith, who had the finger bandaged Thursday, wasn't sure what trainers would do in terms of splinting or bandaging it during Sunday's game with New Orleans for control of the NFC South.

"I don't know exactly what the situation is. I'm just trying to make it through ... 24 hours after," Smith said. "Take one out of Bill Belichick's (book), I'm day-to-day."

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects Smith to practice Friday and play against the Saints.

"They just popped it back in and had it bandaged up today, so he should be fine. They wanted to let it calm down. They didn't want to irritate it any more than it needed to be," Rivera said. "I expect him to come out (Friday) run around, catch the ball and be ready to roll."

Smith is tied with tight end Greg Olsen for the team lead with 63 receptions.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2013 at 03:55 PM | Permalink

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