The Panthers play against the Bears this week, then have a Week Six bye.
After suffering a high ankle sprain against the Saints, it seems pretty clear Panthers wideout Steve Smith won’t be in the lineup against Chicago. Smith’s agent says his client will “most likely” be out. The Charlotte Observer also says Smith should be out.
Even Smith admits as much: “I’m not a doctor, but if I can’t walk, . . .” Smith said Monday according to Darin Gantt.
Smith made similar comments Sunday night after the Saints loss. When asked how he felt after the game, Smith said:
“I feel like a trillion dollars . . . I feel like a money order, that’s what I feel like. . . . Go next week? I’m just trying to walk to the bus.”
Panthers coach John Fox simply says Smith is day-to-day. Once Smith went out against New Orleans, the Panthers were forced to roll with three rookie wideouts along with their rookie quarterback. There were rumors Dwayne Jarrett was also on the field, but he hasn’t caught a pass since the season opener.