Panthers WR Smith will have MRI on his knee

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said he will have an MRI on

Monday morning to determine if he has any ligament damage to his

left knee.

Smith said team doctors told him they are concerned about his

posterior cruciate ligament.

”They say it’s a nothing injury, but I know my knee doesn’t

feel like it’s nothing,” Smith said.

Coach Ron Rivera said he hasn’t spoken to trainers about Smith

and doesn’t know the extent of the injury.

”I won’t talk to him until later,” Rivera said. ”That way I

won’t have to answer the question, in all honesty.”

Smith appeared to be walking around the locker room without much

of a limp after the game and was not on crutches. He did not have

his knee in a brace.

Smith initially injured the knee running a slant route in the

first quarter and was taken to the locker room for observations. He

returned midway through the second quarter with the Panthers

trailing 6-0 and ran one route, but was limping noticeably. He

quickly pulled himself out of the game and walked straight to the

locker room while favoring his left knee.

Smith said he heard a ”pop” when he first injured the

knee.

Domenik Hixon replaced Smith and caught the winning touchdown

pass while lining up in Smith’s spot.

Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole injured his calf and did

not return.

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro injured his lower left leg and was

carted off the field. The medical staff placed an air cast on his

left leg before removing him from the field. He will be reevaluated

on Monday.

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