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Steve Smith is expected back at practice Sunday

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Despite a foot infection that has relegated him to crutches, Panthers receiver Steve Smith is inching closer to a return to the field.

According to the Associated Press, coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Smith is expected to return to practice Sunday.

It’ll give Smith a full week to get ready for Carolina’s season-opening game at Tampa.

Rivera isn’t ruling out Smith or any other injured players for Week One, including linebacker Jon Beason, tackle Jordan Gross, running back Jonathan Stewart, and fullback Mike Tolbert.

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12 Responses to “Steve Smith is expected back at practice Sunday”
  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 29, 2012 8:36 PM

    Bruce Smith had a hamstring problem until the regular season began, then he was a healthy soldier.

  2. kingbeason52 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:41 PM

    He should be fine..I hope he is anyways..The offense is not the same without him..

  3. jdd428 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:51 PM

    Rivera also hasn’t ruled out Kerry Collins, Stephen Davis, Kevin Greene or the corpse of Sam Mills for Week 1.

  4. bigballernyc says: Aug 29, 2012 8:56 PM

    Even on crutches he can still torch the Buc’s scrubs.

  5. djspman says: Aug 29, 2012 8:59 PM

    Smith is a player the only way he is not playing is if he gets into trouble or his leg is sawed off. He is game.

  6. lunarpie says: Aug 29, 2012 9:00 PM

    IRONMAN, no doubt.

    Troy Polamalu as a WR.

  7. hedleykow says: Aug 29, 2012 9:01 PM

    They shouldn’t need him against the Bucs (or Cam, either, for that matter).

  8. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 29, 2012 9:22 PM

    He’s done panthers please trade him to the jets or rams ASAP! Thanks HEE HEEE

  9. pantherpro says: Aug 29, 2012 10:54 PM

    Steve Smith will raise Super Bowl trophy!

    Ryan Kahlil

  10. thetroofishere says: Aug 30, 2012 6:40 AM

    @pantherpro

    He already did. As a member of the Giants Super Bowl team in 2007.

  11. jgedgar70 says: Aug 30, 2012 4:38 PM

    The only people on Earth who want all these preseason games are coaches, the tools in the NFL HQ office, and talk radio hosts. The players and fans would be happy to see them all disappear. College football doesn’t have any. Pro football doesn’t need them either.

  12. bucingnasty says: Aug 31, 2012 10:18 AM

    Won’t matter theyll lose 24-14 with or without him

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