Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve L Smith broke his arm while playing defensive back during a flag football game at his football camp this weekend, his agent Derrick Fox confirmed.
Smith underwent surgery for the injury Sunday night. Fox predicted that Smith should be ready for the Panthers' regular-season opener.
"I'm not trying to play doctor, but I don't think he'll miss any games due to this injury," Fox said. "He did this while trying to play with and help the kids."
Not missing games is obviously the key. The Panthers are initially optimistic that Smith will recover before or at least near the start of the season. But keep an eye on Smith's situation as draft day gets closer.
This is the same arm Smith broke at the end of last season, but in a different spot. If he doesn't recover as quickly as the Panthers hope, Carolina could be in a tough spot -- relying on two of Dwayne Jarrett, Kenneth Moore, and a couple of rookies as their starting wide outs.