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Monday, June 21, 2010
The 'other' Steve Smith breaks arm

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

If you're like me, the headline on NFL Nation grabbed your attention: "Steve Smith breaks arm."

Of course, we quickly learned that it was the Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith who broke his arm playing flag football. Smith's agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the wide receiver would not miss any games, but I'd rather hear from a doctor at some point.

There's a rather obvious Giants tie-in since they'll open their new stadium against the Panthers on Sept. 12. The 31-year-old Smith had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 41-9 win over the Giants last December. He has not put up big numbers against the Giants over the years, but his absence would obviously hurt the Panthers.

And this is the same arm that Smith broke six months ago, although this break is in a different spot. I would be surprised if Smith took part in any training camp sessions leading up to this season. Meanwhile, here's what the Giants' Steve Smith told the Star-Ledger last week.