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Steve Smith doubtful this week, could return for playoffs

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The news on Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is probably as good as could be expected.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that Smith sprained his PCL in his left knee yesterday, and was very doubtful to play in the regular season finale against the Falcons.

But Rivera still called it “very good news,” and that a return in the playoffs is still a possibility.

The Panthers might get through the Falcons without him, but the prospect of going deep in the playoffs with a receiving corps of Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon is a hard sell.

Of course, that adds an element of intensity to Sunday’s game, as the Panthers could lock up a needed bye week by beating the Falcons (or with a Saints loss to the Buccaneers).

Giving Smith three weeks before he had to try it would be a nice boost, one the Panthers need.

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7 Responses to “Steve Smith doubtful this week, could return for playoffs”
  1. wfederal says: Dec 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    Get well soon Stevie! We need you!

  2. tvjules says: Dec 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    Rest him.
    See you in January.

  3. kesselrunning says: Dec 23, 2013 1:32 PM

    Ice up, son.

  4. slammincamnewton says: Dec 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    Smitty doesn’t have huge numbers this year. Cam even said Hixon ran the route Steve would have for the game winning catch. You writers forget Greg Olsen is on this team and we have great hands out of the backfield. It’s up to Shula to draw up something. #Falconsuck

  5. clelek05 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    Ice up son! Much deserved. Hopefully that keeps your mouth shut.

  6. mstrcool says: Dec 23, 2013 2:17 PM

    Much deserved??? So many Smith haters out there, but the sad simple fact is if he was on YOUR team you’d love him……but hes not so keep on hating. GET WELL SOON SMITTY!!

  7. boogymanoflamancha says: Dec 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    He always has a punchers chance

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