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Steve Smith isn't sure about Week One status

Love him or hate him, Panthers wideout is one of the most straightforward players in the NFL.

Ask him a question, and he’ll answer it honestly.

Asked if he’ll be on the field for Carolina’s opener against the Eagles, Smith said the only sane response possible on August 11, one day after he suffered a shoulder injury.

“If I can play, then I’m playing, whether it be preseason or regular
season,” Smith said Tuesday. “If I can’t play, I won’t play. If I’m not
going to be effective and be able to compete, then it’s not best for
the team.”

The reality is that Smith doesn’t know when he’ll return, and the Panthers don’t either at this stage.  Smith sounds like a man who was in a lot of pain Tuesday.

“I felt it immediately,” he told the Gaston Gazette. “The good thing is, I thought it was
broke, because it started hurting immediately. But it’s not, so we’ll
be playing it by ear.”

Smith hurt the same shoulder last training camp, and thought he took the necessary steps to avoid it getting hurt again.

“It was more frustration because I worked my tail off this offseason to
strengthen it and make sure it didn’t happen. But then also, those
freak things happen,” Smith said.

Smith may undergo an MRI at a later date, but that the team won’t tell the media about if if he does.

Apparently, his honest approach has its limits. 

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10 Responses to “Steve Smith isn't sure about Week One status”
  1. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 11, 2009 3:32 PM

    “The one thing that derail a team is a thing called the injury bugs.”

  2. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 11, 2009 3:38 PM

    Somebody should kick his ass.

  3. 6RINGS! says: Aug 11, 2009 3:40 PM

    Apparently, his honest approach has its limits.
    No a fat fine and a possible suspension from the Panthers for running his mouth limited his answer.

  4. southernBURGH says: Aug 11, 2009 3:41 PM

    Not to wish injury on anyone, but after seeing him throw another temper tantrum after the play, by throwing & attempting to kick his helmet, he gets exactly what he deserves. He’s a thug & a punk..

  5. fellorio says: Aug 11, 2009 4:19 PM

    Oh,so he black so he a thug!!??

  6. FumbleNuts says: Aug 11, 2009 4:48 PM

    He’s going to shove the wrong dude, and that guy will knock his ass out! BOOM!

  7. D.R.Universal says: Aug 11, 2009 5:15 PM

    i bet NONE of you keyboard cowards would approach him and say these things!!!
    we need u Smitty….hurry back!!
    ps..people who live in glass houses need not to throw objects

  8. pilot08 says: Aug 11, 2009 5:24 PM

    all you 5’9 punks wish you were steve smith..so he’s pissed he got hurt, how the hell do you expect him to take it?

  9. screaming sheep says: Aug 11, 2009 5:47 PM

    John Fox said today, he is day to day. Sounded like he is leaning towards not playing him in any preseason games.
    Better than week to week.

  10. Ruboest says: Aug 11, 2009 10:03 PM

    I hope being “permitted to pursue his profession “and everything that’s incident to that” doesn’t include the usual NFL fare of drinking and driving, dog fighting, carrying loaded unlicenced handguns, making sex tapes, fathering children out of wedlock, and doing lines of coke.

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