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Steve Smith jokes that finger might keep him out

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Panthers wide receiver was held out of practice Thursday, with an all-too-appropriate dislocated middle finger.

Asked about his status, Smith looked back and reporters and said: “I think I’m out. I’m out for Sunday.”

He was kidding, per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, as there’s not much that would keep him out of Sunday’s game with the Saints for the NFC South lead.

His absence came the day after a Cam Newton pass hit the tip of his left middle finger and dislocated it.

“I don’t know exactly what the situation is. I’m just trying to make it through, . . . 24 hours after,” Smith said. “Take one out of Bill Belichick’s [book], I’m day-to-day.”

Smith was out of practice Thursday, a day after a tipped Cam Newton pass hit the tip of the middle finger on Smith’s left hand and dislocated the finger. The injury occurred near the end of Wednesday’s practice.


“They just popped it back in and had it bandaged up today, so he should be fine. They wanted to let it calm down. They didn’t want to irritate it any more than it needed to be,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “I expect him to come out (Friday) run around, catch the ball and be ready to roll.”

Smith’s no longer the downfield threat he used to be, but he’s still the guy Newton looks for at crucial times, and he’s still more than capable of making plays even if he was nine-fingered.

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12 Responses to “Steve Smith jokes that finger might keep him out”
  1. schlippsguysnightout says: Dec 19, 2013 4:26 PM

    Ice up, Drew…Ice up

  2. mark0226 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:30 PM

    Does his finger look like Torry Holt’s now?

  3. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:37 PM

    What is Smith going to do if he cant use that middle finger to flip off the DB’s?

  4. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 19, 2013 4:40 PM

    This won’t even be close…Saints by 17 or more!

  5. thereyougo2 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:41 PM

    Steve Smith in my opinion is the toughest receiver in the business and if Carolina beats New Orleans he’ll have a lot to do with it including giving them the finger.

  6. aceboogie1 says: Dec 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    Even a broken finger wouldn’t keep 89 out

    Can’t wait until Sunday !!! Keep pounding Panther nation !!

  7. thundastormz says: Dec 20, 2013 12:40 AM

    The Aints had a three game lead in the division…go ahead and crown them! Wait….BLEW DAT! Here come the Cardiac Cats and they are going to Keep Pounding lil breezy until he has to Ice Up Son!

  8. cshearing says: Dec 20, 2013 8:53 AM

    Loved Smith’s little Belichick barb. Thought it was funny.

  9. doubleogator says: Dec 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    The Saints still lead in the division, thanks to a big win against the Panthers a few weeks ago on National TV…Blew dat??

  10. thundastormz says: Dec 20, 2013 6:47 PM

    Yes they had a three game lead….BLEW DAT! Gotta really spell it out for a fan base unable to spell the word THAT.

  11. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 21, 2013 12:26 AM

    It’s funny to hear panthers fans talking smack considering how they were slapped around only two weeks ago.

  12. ckruszka says: Dec 21, 2013 8:57 PM

    Panthers will not win out,sorry!

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