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Panthers’ Steve Smith misses practice with infection in left foot


Panthers receiver Steve Smith missed practice today because he has an infection in his left foot — an issue serious enough that he’s currently on crutches.

But a Panthers official told Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer that the infection is not expected to cause Smith to miss significant time. Smith is receiving antibiotics, and the Panthers will see how well he responds to that treatment before deciding whether he’ll play on Sunday night against the Jets.

Smith has been limited to one practice since the Panthers’ preseason game against the Dolphins on Friday. He hasn’t seen a lot of action in the preseason, catching one pass in each preseason game, one for four yards and one for 15 yards.

Brandon LaFell, who would be the Panthers’ No. 1 receiver in Smith’s absence, called the 33-year-old Smith “Ironman” and said he expects Smith back soon.

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15 Responses to “Panthers’ Steve Smith misses practice with infection in left foot”
  1. covercorner says: Aug 22, 2012 6:01 PM

    Toenail fungus?

  2. vikingamericann says: Aug 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    Foot in mouth disease

  3. surfinbird1 says: Aug 22, 2012 6:18 PM

    Have Rex take a look at his foot sunday.

  4. EJ says: Aug 22, 2012 6:28 PM

    Most likely it is former blisters that have ruptured causing an infection. It happens a lot to athletes, especially those with a new pair of cleats. Painful but absolutely curable, z-pack and some rest should do it.

  5. iamcline says: Aug 22, 2012 6:29 PM

    Steve will be fine. Rest up!

  6. novoodoo4409 says: Aug 22, 2012 6:43 PM

    no one care about this punk or a 4-12 team….

  7. bloggingainteazzy says: Aug 22, 2012 6:45 PM

    Im going to hate if he doesnt play Sunday. I was looking forward to Smitty burning down Revis Island! Oh well its the preseason! Go Panthers!!!!

  8. keeppounding says: Aug 22, 2012 7:20 PM

    He should put some tussin on it

  9. delhommed says: Aug 22, 2012 7:44 PM

    Smitty go to new york early and let Rex take care of those feet! Hope it ain’t mrsa or Panthers might as well have Jake Delhomme back @ QB.

  10. mrcogburn says: Aug 22, 2012 9:36 PM

    Rex Ryan’s real legacy is already being foreshadowed in these comments. Congratulations, Jets.

  11. chesslungo says: Aug 22, 2012 10:46 PM

    I was hoping HE got beat up by a teammate for once

  12. southcack803 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:36 AM

    novoodoo4409 says:Aug 22, 2012 6:43 PM

    no one care about this punk or a 4-12 team….

    Ask Malcolm Jenkins what happens when someone decides to step to that “punk” Steve Smith. And who’s 4-12?

  13. stellaboycarl says: Aug 23, 2012 12:58 AM

    @chesslungo, novoodoo4409,vikingamericann

    really its quite funny on how you put him down. chess you realize that was a less mature Smith in 2008. last time I looked at the Calender it said 2012. People change get over it. novoodoo some reason I feel you are a Taints fan. Really calling Smith a punk (seems a lil ironic) btw they were 6-10 last year not 4-12 and could have easily went 9-7 is Mare wasn’t such a sorry kicker. Viking yes he runs his mouth but hell I like a competitor that gets fired up. Sure as hell beats a coach who is afraid his lil RB will get hurt over a lil practice contract.

    oh and on one more note How much did each or your teams players donate to the shooting victims in Colorado again?

  14. wayconthemexican says: Aug 23, 2012 4:27 AM

    There goes Cam’s chance of repeating last year’s numbers

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 23, 2012 12:35 PM

    Smitty will play with his crutches if neccesary. Beat CBs over the head with them and tell Cam “I was open cuz.”

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