Panthers’ Smith gets injury scare on final play

Those of you tuned in to the end of the Panthers’ loss to the Bucs, you might have caught Steve Smith leaving the field following the final play of the game, pointing ominously to the forearm he’s broken on two occasions.

What could have been horrible news for the Panthers looks like nothing more than a scare at this point.

Smith told Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer after the game that X-rays were negative, while Panthers coach John Fox downplayed it as well, saying there were “no issues.”

Smith took a lateral from DeAngelo Williams on the final play, and came down hard on his left forearm. Smith missed the start of training camp after breaking the arm playing flag football, the same injury he suffered at the end of the 2009 season.

That doesn’t appear to be the situation this time around, so Panthers fans can exhale.

— Frank Tadych

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