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Steve Smith breaks arm again, tried to keep it quiet

The injury woes in Carolina continue.  Not long ago, linebacker Thomas Davis tore an ACL during offseason workouts.

Now, receiver Steve Smith has broken his arm while playing flag football in a North Carolina adult league.  Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report it; we have since confirmed it.

We’re told that the break occurred in the same arm he broke late in the 2009 season.  ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Smith already has had surgery on the arm, and that he’ll miss the beginning of camp.

It happened, we’re told, as Smith tried to deflect a pass.  His arm struck another player, and he instantly knew he had been injured.  He also called together his flag football teammates and urged them to not say anything to anyone about the injury.

So much for that.

While Schefter characterizes the injury as having occurred at Smith’s “football camp,” we’re told that it actually happened in the championship game of an adult flag football league in which Smith and other NFL players had participated for the entire duration of the league’s season.  Also taking part, we’re told, were Panthers receiver Kenny Moore and former Panthers quarterback Josh McCown.

More to come on this one.

UPDATE:  The Panthers have officially confirmed the injury.

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40 Responses to “Steve Smith breaks arm again, tried to keep it quiet”
  1. Brat Favre says: Jun 21, 2010 12:45 PM

    McCown wasn’t the starter was he?

  2. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 21, 2010 12:46 PM

    Yeah ignore the odd angle dangling and the bone popping through the skin.
    That is normal for every arm, maybe your arm is broken.

  3. SamHam says: Jun 21, 2010 12:47 PM

    Hope the arm heals up soon–As for the season good luck and break a leg!!

  4. AllThat says: Jun 21, 2010 12:47 PM

    ……What a dumbass………….He would of been better off spending time in Milledgeville, Georgia.

  5. dakotah says: Jun 21, 2010 12:50 PM

    After his arm heals will he beat the crap out of the player that hurt him? I’d be concerned.

  6. pftfanboy says: Jun 21, 2010 12:50 PM

    for all of these athletes that hold out for the “livelihood” of their family, i wonder how many of them neglect that same livelihood when playing sports in their free time?
    they should all play in summer basketball leagues.

  7. birdmancometh says: Jun 21, 2010 12:51 PM

    I love that they were playing in an adult flag football league. Can you imagine running into these guys in the championship game…”WHO’S GOT SMITH?!” Thats great, his arm will be fine.

  8. robert ethen says: Jun 21, 2010 12:54 PM

    Flag football separates the men from the boys. Smith should have realized his limits and stayed within them.

  9. Levito says: Jun 21, 2010 12:58 PM

    Sh!t Steve Smith broke his arm?!?
    Oh, THAT Steve Smith, phew. I thought you were talking about the Steve Smith in the NFL that actually still makes plays for his team, and isn’t just a complete distraction.
    The title should have been “The Other Steve Smith breaks his arm”

  10. robert ethen says: Jun 21, 2010 1:02 PM

    Smith is what, 5’9″? He shouldn’t be playing with adults.

  11. robert ethen says: Jun 21, 2010 1:03 PM

    Smith is what, 5’9″? He shouldn’t be playing with adults.

  12. WhoDey_Man says: Jun 21, 2010 1:05 PM

    at least he didn’t break it on ken lucas’s face.

  13. robert ethen says: Jun 21, 2010 1:06 PM

    The guy who broke his arm did a little dance over him and was heard shouting “PFT man! PFT!”.

  14. Stampede City says: Jun 21, 2010 1:08 PM

    There goes another WR in the scarce world of fantasy football… damn!

  15. RJK says: Jun 21, 2010 1:13 PM

    i thought the same thing birdman…”alright guys this is the championship game, lets take this thing.” then steve smith walks on to the field!!! i’d be like i got kenny moore

  16. RJK says: Jun 21, 2010 1:13 PM

    i thought the same thing birdman…”alright guys this is the championship game, lets take this thing.” then steve smith walks on to the field!!! i’d be like i got kenny moore

  17. RJK says: Jun 21, 2010 1:14 PM

    i thought the same thing birdman…”alright guys this is the championship game, lets take this thing.” then steve smith walks on to the field!!! i’d be like i got kenny moore

  18. Black QB White RB says: Jun 21, 2010 1:18 PM

    sometimes these NFL guys really aren’t as swift as they think, huh?
    Danny Snyder will offer him a hundred or so million….

  19. biggysizethat says: Jun 21, 2010 1:20 PM

    smith is signed through the 2012 season. by that time, he’ll be going on 33, and in WR terms, you’re far from a spring chicken at that point.
    with his injuries in the past, you’d think smith would take care of himself a bit better. and forgive my ignorance, but is it commonplace for a professional athlete, regardless of the sport or pay grade, to dabble around in off-season rec leagues for crying out loud? i SINCERELY doubt we’ll ever see lionel messi getting into a pickup game with some guys on the quad,
    point is, you’re a professional athlete. from the sound of it, this adult flag football league was simply for the hell of it. take better care of yourself, your body IS your livelihood!!!!
    i’d just hate to see such a stellar career end in him being injury plagued, ergo under-appreciated and/or underpaid in his final years before riding into the sunset.

  20. doe22us says: Jun 21, 2010 1:20 PM

    Levito says:
    June 21, 2010 12:58 PM
    Sh!t Steve Smith broke his arm?!?
    Oh, THAT Steve Smith, phew. I thought you were talking about the Steve Smith in the NFL that actually still makes plays for his team, and isn’t just a complete distraction.
    The title should have been “The Other Steve Smith breaks his arm”
    Hey i would take the original Steve Smith over your masquerading route runner any day bro

  21. chipwade says: Jun 21, 2010 1:28 PM

    You would think these guys would be so sick of football 9-10 months of the year that they wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it in their actual off-time. Tony Romo has it right. Just get good at golf in your free time.

  22. Dolphinatic says: Jun 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    It got to be tough with McClown throwing the ball. He was probably “deflecting” balls intended for him, but delivered to db’s all day and his “deflector” finally broke… The McClown twins are garbage,,just the facts.

  23. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    Martin Keamy says:
    June 21, 2010 12:49 PM
    F@#K F@#K F@#K
    Dear God… please give us a break….pleaseee?
    Thanks, Martin Keamy
    ——————————————————
    Wait, you were the one who called my comments stupid?

  24. pilot08 says: Jun 21, 2010 1:50 PM

    Levito, you still a little upset from last years raping in New York??? what a joke, get a life jackass! Panthers will open yalls new stadium the way we left the old one.

  25. Mattyt99 says: Jun 21, 2010 1:55 PM

    So Levito..I was just wondering..are you talking about the guy that just learned how to catch the ball last year?..the one thats only gone over 1000 yards once?….the one that was utterly embarrassed by the Panthers in the last game in Giants stadium last year? That Steve Smith still need a few more years before you bring his name up, he needs to lean the rules and regulations of 89. BTW the real Steve Smith will be ready to train that youngster AGAIN by the first game of the season. Have a great day!!

  26. Sensual Lettuce says: Jun 21, 2010 2:03 PM

    Umm, according to NFL.com, the first thing Smith did was notify the panthers of what happened.
    Not really trying to keep quiet huh PFT?

  27. AllThat says: Jun 21, 2010 2:25 PM

    great post Modell: Gotta keep the good stuff in the PFT news…..

  28. stlsteelerfan says: Jun 21, 2010 2:43 PM

    What is a Pro Bowler doing playing flag football? I guess he and his Panther teammates are so used to losing all the time they have to go play against amateur talent so they can win a few games.
    I know Smith went to one Super Bowl, but he and Moore know they’ll never make it back to the playoffs in their careers, so they have to go play in an amatuer league so they can make a championship game SOMEWHERE

  29. MrONE50 says: Jun 21, 2010 3:03 PM

    Stupid? Yes
    Unfortunate? Double Yes!
    Do I admire his passion for football? Hell triple Yes!!!

  30. pilot08 says: Jun 21, 2010 3:31 PM

    whatever makes you feel better stlsteelerfan.. haha, I’m not even going to get started! haa
    actually, I will. Should be begin with St. Louis or just go strait to Pittsburgh?

  31. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 21, 2010 3:33 PM

    Morons…jeopardizing their livelihoods to play flag football. Shouldn’t that be banned in their contracts?

  32. stlsteelerfan says: Jun 21, 2010 3:57 PM

    but, piloto, if you’re a Panthers fan you can try to go off on the Rams too…..the Panthers are one of the FEW teams the Rams will be better than this year

  33. sharkattack says: Jun 21, 2010 4:44 PM

    The real Steve Smith is awesome.
    The new Steve Smith was better last year.
    Really though, this is the first time i can remeber reading about a Pro who loved his sport so much he wanted to play all year round. Good for him.
    stupid as hell
    but you gotta respect it.
    Also Luke McCown is a HOFer compared to what Clausen will be.

  34. SeriousRadio says: Jun 21, 2010 5:40 PM

    PFT needs to confirm anything that Adam S. reports? That’s a first…HE is 100 times more reliable than PFT…

  35. Outcast says: Jun 21, 2010 5:43 PM

    Panthers 41
    Giants 9

  36. Mattyt99 says: Jun 21, 2010 5:51 PM

    HAHA…Steeler fan..I would at least wait until your starting QB steps out of the local Sorority house long enough to play football. How about you worry about your receivers staying out of legal trouble and getting sent to other teams…. we’ll worry about our guys…

  37. mwcarolina says: Jun 21, 2010 6:27 PM

    The Panthers Steve Smith is better, however, the Giants Steve Smith has more talent around him. The Panthers had Jake Delhomme throwing interceptions and had only Muhammad and Smith to pass to. The Giants had Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and others.

  38. stlsteelerfan says: Jun 21, 2010 8:59 PM

    Matty….When the Panthers and Steelers play this year, maybe the Steelers should just leave their starters at home. Maybe then it will be close.
    Panthers are a bottom 5 team this year. Teams will be running all over their defense (Beason can’t stop every play by himself) and your RB duo will onlybe a factor for the fist half of games, the second half they’ll have to start airing it outto try to catch up. And who’s throwing thos passes? Moore? Clausen? Have fun!!! When Williams and Stewart do touch the ball, they’ll be facing 8 in the box every time. Start examining the top 5 prospects for next year’s draft now!!

  39. Mattyt99 says: Jun 22, 2010 3:48 PM

    Steelerfan – I’m OK with you thinking that..let everyone sleep on Matt Moore..they forget the A** whipping we gave the Vikings and the Giants last year under Moore’s direction. (incase you need reminding 8 TD and 2 INT 98.5 passer rating) Before you make ignorant statements how about last 5, how about backing it up with facts. We actually have depth at D line this year and one of the top passing D’s in the league. We already have one of the best running games in the NFL (by the way we faced 8-9 in the box all year last year and still had the first 2 running backs to rush over 1200 yards EVER) and the the passing game is gonna surprise the hell out of people with Moore and the acquisition of quality depth at receiver. It’s cool..I hope they stay under rated, I’m about to make some good money..

  40. Seabrawk says: Jun 22, 2010 4:43 PM

    Dang, I wish he was playing in my (Turf Burn Sports) league. This would have been outstanding press!
    Not that I would have been able to keep up with that dude anyways…

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