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
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
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
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