Hamstring keeps Panthers' Smith out of practice

Updated: September 15, 2006, 11:58 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith, the league's top receiver last season, missed practice again Friday with the Carolina Panthers because of a hamstring injury and is questionable for this weekend's game at Minnesota.

Smith has been out since straining his right hamstring in practice Sept. 5. Without Smith, the Panthers failed to score a touchdown in their 20-6 season-opening loss to Atlanta.

The Panthers also practiced again without Justin Hartwig, whose groin injury leaves him questionable for Sunday's game. Hartwig was injured in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. Neither he nor Smith has practiced this week.

Drew Carter most likely would replace Smith, and Geoff Hangartner probably would fill in for Hartwig against the Vikings.


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