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Panthers WR Steve Smith To Play In Season Opener

Joe Persons of the Charlotte Observer tweeted that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera thinks WR Steve Smith could be back at practice on Sunday, and play in the team season opener against the Buccaneers.

Rivera said Smith is “improving” after developing a foot infection two weeks ago. He’s among several key players sitting out in the Panthers Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Steelers.

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Joseph Persons of the Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers WR Steve Smith suffered a foot infection during the weekend, and will not play against the Jets on Sunday.

“Putting him out there right now in this situation, and circumstances would not be smart, especially if he doesn’t get any practice reps in terms of what we do,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. “He’s getting better, but the swelling in the foot hasn’t subsided” 

Smith is still on crutches, despite the fact that’s he’s been sporting them since Wednesday following a recent doctor’s visit. He’s been on antibiotics and the team is monitoring the swelling. This could end up being a great opportunity for receivers such as Louis Murphy, Seyi Ajirotutu, and Joe Adams to secure the team’s No.3 receiver spot.