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Panthers WR Smith hurts hamstring in practice

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver
Steve Smith was carted off the field Saturday with a hamstring
injury on the opening day of training camp.

Midway through the afternoon session, Smith pulled up while
running a long route down the left sideline. He immediately
clutched his left hamstring, took a couple of steps and fell to the
ground.

Two trainers came to his side, and new teammate Keyshawn Johnson
also came over to check on Smith, who slowly got to his feet after
about a minute. He threw his gloves in anger, got onto the back of
the cart and was brought inside.

"It seems like he probably strained it," Panthers general
manager Marty Hurney said. "He's done this before in training
camp."

Smith, who led the NFL with 103 receptions for 1,563 yards and
12 touchdowns last season, missed the final week of June's coaching
sessions with hamstring pain.

Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, who is returning from a
knee injury, had back spasms following the morning workout.

Jenkins, who missed all but five games in the past two seasons
with knee injuries, walked gingerly to the locker room after the
workout. He attempted to practice early in the afternoon session,
but ended up riding a stationary bike.

"He made a move and took a hand in the muscle and suffered
spasms," Hurney said.

Also Saturday, the Panthers released reserve defensive end Otis
Leverette after he failed a physical due to illness.