smitty's foot is getting better and i've heard that it's just a little swollen.
main reason he won't be playing this week is that he hasn't been practicing and been a part of the game planning this week. if this was a regular season game i would expect him to be out on the field this week, but being preseason there's no reason, esp. since they want to see how the WRs look and the WR3 job is still up for grabs.
Smith missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, although coach Ron Rivera said Smith’s foot had improved following a round of antibiotics.
Rivera said the Panthers will decide Friday whether Smith will play in Sunday’s exhibition against the New York Jets. But Rivera indicated the teams plans to be cautious.
“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,” Rivera said. “This is really a game-plan week. We’re approaching this week as if we would any regular-season game. … To put a guy out there when he hasn’t had a chance to get those reps would be careless.”
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