Notebook: WR Smith likely out for Chicago game
NEW ORLEANS Notes
Panthers WR Smith likely to miss Chicago game
It appears the Carolina Panthers are going to have to get used to playing without their money man, as wide receiver Steve Smith suffered an apparent high ankle sprain in Sunday's 16-14 loss to New Orleans.
Smith was hauled off the field on a cart during the third quarter, after a catch and awkward roll had him grabbing his left ankle and shin. Trainers placed him in a large walking boot, and more tests will come today. X-rays taken Sunday were negative, but the expectation is that he's not going to be ready to play Chicago, if anytime soon.
Asked how he felt, Smith shook his head: "I feel like a trillion dollars ... I feel like a money order, that's what I feel like."
When asked if he feared the injury would keep him out of next week's game against Chicago, Smith's eyes shot wide with dismay.
"Go next week? I'm just trying to walk to the bus," Smith replied. "I'm having trouble walking. Is it serious? I can't walk. That's pretty serious. It hurts to walk."
If he's out any amount of time, the Panthers will be down to Dwayne Jarrett and three rookies.
The Panthers spread the ball around Sunday, with Jimmy Clausen completing to eight targets (but none to Jarrett), though none of them caught more than two.
"I mean, it's tough sledding, now," running back DeAngelo Williams said. "Whoever's up next, I'm sure they're going to step in and do just as well as Smitty. We're trying to win a football game.
"Whether it's 89, 88, 80, 81, 83, 82, whoever they put out there they're going to put their best product out there on the field."
Since they don't even have a 81 or an 83, it underscores how desperate they are. David Gettis, who has taken over the starting job opposite Smith, said those left standing have to pick up the slack.
"No pressure at all," Gettis said with a shake of his head. "We're professional athletes, and we have to go out there and make plays for our team, for our offense. That's it."
In addition to Smith, safety Sherrod Martin was unable to finish after leaving with a concussion just before halftime. Rookie Jordan Pugh replaced him for the second half.
The Panthers deactivated wide receiver Armanti Edwards, running back Tyrell Sutton, center Chris Morris, defensive tackle Andre Neblett, cornerback C.J. Wilson, injured linebacker Jamar Williams and right tackle Jeff Otah and third quarterback Tony Pike.