Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a broken arm while playing flag football with kids at his youth camp over the weekend.
Luckily, he is still expected to be back in time for Week 1.
“They were messing around, the ball went over his head and he slipped,” Smith’s agent Derrick Fox said. “He put his arm out to brace himself. When he did he felt a sharp pain. He went in (Sunday) afternoon to have an X-ray and it showed a break.”
Smith had surgery Sunday night and could return as soon as midway through the preseason. Barring setbacks, fantasy owners shouldn’t downgrade the veteran wideout.
Though he will lose practice time with quarterback Matt Moore, the two did have time to build some rapport at the end of the 2009 campaign.
The fact that Smith is an experienced player with an established knowledge of the Panthers offense, as opposed to a rookie or free-agent addition, means that missing part of camp isn’t much of a problem, either. He’s still a high-end No. 2 fantasy wideout and worth a low middle-round choice.
With Smith out of action, look for rookie Armanti Edwards will get more practice reps with the first-team offense. With Muhsin Muhammad out of the mix, he’s a player to watch in the preseason.