Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he’ll play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs.
What he can’t predict is how his sprained left knee will feel during the game.
The Carolina Panthers have a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and they have an extra week to prepare for whatever team may end up facing them in Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton recently said that they don’t care who their opponent is, but the key to winning is forgetting about egos and focusing on their opponent.
Charlotte Observer Panther Beat Writer Joe Person joined the guys to talk about the Panthers and their playoff chances. Will Smitty be back? Who do the Panthers want to play?
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The Carolina Panthers are in the driver’s seat for an NFC South title, first-round bye in the playoffs, and possibly even the number one overall seed making the way for home-field advantage. They still have to get past the Atlanta Falcons though, and that won’t be an easy task with some offensive weapons on the shelf.
Carolina has been on a roll for almost the entire season, and they’ve been able to stay relatively healthy along the way. With the most important week of the season approaching, some key names are on the shelf when they are needed most.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says wide receiver Steve Smith is “highly doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a knee sprain.
Cam Newton was having a miserable afternoon. The Panthers’ quarterback had been ineffective all day, limited to 116 yards passing by the New Orleans Saints in the game’s first 59 minutes. The old Newton might have run and hid under a towel and sulked on the sideline.
The Carolina Panthers needed a victory over the New Orleans Saints to clinch a playoff berth and keep their hopes of an NFC South title alive. On a day when a monsoon descended upon Bank of America Stadium, the Panthers didn’t win in pretty fashion, but they got back at the Saints and into the playoffs.
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will not return after injuring his knee in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.