Smith on broken arm: ‘Accidents happen’


Panthers WR Steve Smith joined “NFL Total Access” on Thursday to add some insight on the broken left arm he suffered last weekend.

Smith, who reiterated that he believes he’ll be back in time for the regular season, told Rich Eisen he has heard all the opinions on his decision to participate in offseason flag football. His opinion hasn’t changed much in the days following the accident.

“I enjoy playing the game,” Smith said. “To be honest, I’m no different than those guys that I know personally that, right now, are in L.A. and are playing basketball that have multimillion dollar contracts, playing hoops right now. I mean, guys love playing sports. You know? You have contracts, and you shouldn’t. In my opinion, I shouldn’t have been doing it, and I did it.

“Accidents happen.”

Smith did leave us with a couple of things we didn’t know, divulging that he did speak to coach John Fox on Thursday, describing the conversation as “more listening, less talking.”

One concern over the injury is that Smith also broke the same arm — albeit in a different place — at the end of last season. He said he had two more plates and 20 more screws added to the hardware already inserted in the arm.

“Eventually this left arm will be pretty beastly,” Smith jokingly said.

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