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Panthers target preseason finale for Smith's return

Wide receiver Steve Smith has broken his left arm twice in the past seven months.  The Panthers are confident that his latest fracture will heal quickly.

According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Panthers are targeting their preseason finale for Smith to return to game action.  La Canfora reports Smith is “making good strides” in his recovery, and that a Week One “return [is] looking good” for the four-time Pro Bowler.
Ideally, Smith will get in at least some practice time before the opener.  The Panthers have one of the youngest quarterback situations in the league, with 25-year-old Matt Moore heading up a depth chart that also includes 22-year-old rookie Jimmy Clausen and 24-year-old Hunter Cantwell.
Practice reps will be valuable for Carolina’s No. 1 receiver if Smith hopes to open the season in strong fashion.
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12 Responses to “Panthers target preseason finale for Smith's return”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Jul 15, 2010 11:39 AM

    T.O. to Carolina – LOCK

  2. pilot08 says: Jul 15, 2010 11:40 AM

    The Panthers have the youngest team in the nfl

  3. TheDPR says: Jul 15, 2010 11:58 AM

    I don’t think Smith needs the practice reps. His absence will be good for the other WRs on the team who definitely DO need the reps.

  4. toddyarbroughjr says: Jul 15, 2010 12:05 PM

    The Carolina Panthers have the youngest team in the NFL right now with an average age of just 25 years old. That’s practically a college team! Next in line is surprisingly the Indy Colts, which actually showed a little last year with them not going deep into the playoffs, losing in the Wild Card round.
    As far as S. Smith goes, the Panthers can’t do very much without him so they better hope he is 100% come week one of the regular season. With a new/young QB that is still learning the ropes and is rapidly feeling the weight of being a leader, he will need to be there to bail him out and give him a boost of confidence so that he doesn’t find himself discouraged and buckle under the pressure like so many other QB’s that are put in that position.

  5. robert ethen says: Jul 15, 2010 12:11 PM

    Good luck, Steve. Break a leg.

  6. suvantar says: Jul 15, 2010 12:16 PM

    Next in line is surprisingly the Indy Colts, which actually showed a little last year with them not going deep into the playoffs, losing in the Wild Card round.
    ******************************************
    Errr…
    You do realize the Colts played the Saints in the Super Bowl last year, right?

  7. toddyarbroughjr says: Jul 15, 2010 12:29 PM

    You know, as bad as it is going to sound…I had forgotten. I guess I have gotten caught up in the Saints all offseason and was thinkin about the previous years playoffs. That’s definitely a bad mistake on my part. Scratch that…

  8. Catamount says: Jul 15, 2010 12:42 PM

    Suvantar,
    Way to blast Toddyarboroughjr for making a mistake, and seizing the opportunity to publicly display your football acumen. Had you just let it go, we never would have figured it out and the repercussions could have been disasterous. What an ass it takes to mistakenly accuse the Colts of losing in the playoffs and what a galliant, nay, heroic and humanitarian gesture was it on your part to bring it up. You are correct; he was wrong. Mark this day as a personal triumph in your captain’s log.

  9. brasho says: Jul 15, 2010 1:25 PM

    Silva, where do you get your info? The youngest QB situation in the league is in Tampa where 22-year old (and 9 months younger than Clausen) Josh Freeman starts, backed up by 24-year old Josh Johnson (who turned 24 in May), followed by 24-year old Rudy Carpenter and and 22-year old Jevan Snead.
    In case you’re counting, that is an average age of 23 between the top two Tampa QBs…and Matt Moore turns 26 in less than a month. That’s an average of 24 for the Panthers…. and considering 22-year old Jevan Snead will probably win the backup job for the Bucs, the Bucs have the youngest QB situation in the NFL… especially considering that even if Sam Bradford is the Rams opening day starter for the Rams, Josh Freeman will still be 2 months younger than him and still the youngest starting QB (or probably youngest QB regardless) in the NFL.

  10. brasho says: Jul 15, 2010 1:32 PM

    toddyarbroughjr says:
    July 15, 2010 12:05 PM
    The Carolina Panthers have the youngest team in the NFL right now with an average age of just 25 years old. That’s practically a college team! Next in line is surprisingly the Indy Colts,
    _________________________________
    Where are you getting your numbers from?
    I see the Bucs as the second youngest team in the NFL at 25.1 behind only the Panthers at 25.0.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/24828/age-rankings-for-every-nfl-team….
    And by the way, the guy that brought up John Carney, according to this list, it excludes specialists… meaning kickers and punters.

  11. Pantherfan10 says: Jul 15, 2010 1:58 PM

    DonTerrelli says:
    July 15, 2010 11:39 AM
    T.O. to Carolina – LOCK
    ==================
    You obviously don’t know Jerry Richardson. I don’t think T.O. is as bad as everyone makes him out to be but Richardson is a no nonsense guy.

  12. Bite-me-Florio says: Jul 16, 2010 3:03 PM

    suvantar says:
    July 15, 2010 12:16 PM
    Next in line is surprisingly the Indy Colts, which actually showed a little last year with them not going deep into the playoffs, losing in the Wild Card round.
    ***************** ******************** *****
    Errr…
    You do realize the Colts played the Saints in the Super Bowl last year, right?
    ==================================
    hahahahahahahahaha. toooo funny.

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