Florio expected the Panthers to look the other way regarding Smith’s injury, and that’s exactly what they will do, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN. A Carolina official said they won’t pursue the issue.
My PFT boss may disagree, but it’s the smart play. Smith won’t miss any regular season time and punishing him could ultimately cause more damage to the team.
Smith’s decision to play was unfortunate. It also came from the same competitiveness that makes the receiver such a great player. He wasn’t boozing or beating anyone down.
The most concerning part for the Panthers: Smith broke the same forearm for the second time in seven months. If that happens during the regular season, the team’s top receiver will be . . . Brandon LaFell?