Steve Smith carted off

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith was carted off the field at Bank of America Stadium with 8:17 remaining in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.

Smith went down after getting tangled up with New Orleans cornerback Patrick Robinson, who was called for pass interference on the play.

Smith was dealing with a knee injury in the days leading into the game and was listed as questionable. It’s not clear if the injury is to the same knee.

Smith returned to the sideline with 5 minutes left in the quarter. He stayed on the sideline for a couple of offensive plays before returning to the game.