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Steve Smith has a setback on Thursday
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 4:37pm
Steve Smith expected to return to practice next week
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:00pm
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve L Smith has done most of his rehab work indoors, but head coach Ron Rivera hopes to have Smith and the other two injured starters on the field next week and playing in the Jan. 12 divisional-round playoff game.
Smith sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 16 against the Saints and missed the regular-season finale at Atlanta. Running back Jonathan Stewart has missed three games with a sprained MCL, and defensive tackle Colin Cole sat out the Atlanta game with a strained calf.
Smith has had a disappointing fantasy season, but he's a key cog in Carolina's pass offense.
Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart ruled out
Friday, December 27, 2013, 1:56pm
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 2:55pm
"At times, we got cute," Smith said. "We did things that weren't necessarily us, like the underutilizing of Mike Tolbert. But we're out of that. The past is the past."
Tolbert could be a serviceable flex start in a timeshare with DeAngelo Williams given his role in the passing game and around the goal line.
David Gettis in the mix for Panthers' WR3 job
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:30pm
While Hixon and Armanti Edwards sat out Thursday’s game at Philadelphia with hamstring injuries, David Gettis turned in another strong performance with five catches for 82 yards in the Panthers’ 14-9 loss.
Coming off two injury-plagued seasons after a promising rookie year, Gettis is a factor again.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:23pm
More in-season rest for Steve Smith
Sunday, March 24, 2013, 11:59am
“The thing about Steve I’ll always be impressed with is how hard he does everything. Not just on the football field. Everything he does, he gives 100 percent,” Rivera said. “He really does put his all into it. I think that’s why he’s been able to sustain it for such a long time.
“I think we have to be smart with Steve, make sure we put him in position to take advantage of his abilities and maximize his time and not waste his time or his reps. So he’s getting quality reps and quality plays.”
Smith didn't catch a TD until Week 9, but finished with four TDs in his final nine games (which coincided with QB Cam Newton's improved play). He's turning 34 in May, but as long as he's seeing 8+ targets per game, he should be a solid fantasy contributor. He was the #19 WR in 2012, yet he's been going 32nd in early 2013 drafts.