Receiver breaks leg, out indefinitely
Smith was injured when he was tackled by Hannibal Navies after a short catch with 4:52 to play in Carolina's 24-14 loss. Navies fell on Smith's leg while he pulled the receiver down from behind near the Carolina sideline.
Smith dropped writhing to the ground with a broken fibula, and was helped off the field by team personnel. It's unclear how long Smith -- who signed a $27.5 million contract extension during the offseason -- will be out.
"I knew immediately something was wrong," Smith said, standing with crutches in the locker room after the game. "I might cry a little. But what are you going to do? Last year we didn't have hardly any injuries and this year I am the first victim."
The injury is a big loss for the Panthers' offense. Smith, who had six catches for 60 yards Monday, gave Carolina a deep threat to complement the Panthers' run-oriented attack.
"It definitely hurts," wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. "You'd be a fool to deny that. Steve's our home-run hitter. He's a big-play guy."
"We're going to have to keep on pushing," Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins said. "But that's going to be a big void for us that we're going to have to fill in. Everybody else is going to have to pick up that slack."
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