Steve Smith breaks arm

June, 21, 2010
6/21/10
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Yes, it’s true. Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, who has a flare for the unusual, suffered a broken arm while playing flag football at his youth camp over the weekend. Here’s the story I just sent to our news side:

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a broken left arm playing flag football at his annual youth camp over the weekend, the team said Monday. Smith underwent surgery Sunday night and isn’t expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

“Steve has talked to me and he feels terrible about it,’’ general manager Marty Hurney said. “Now, his focus is on the rehabilitating process and getting back as quickly as he can.’’

The team said it’s uncertain when Smith will be fully healthy.

Smith, 31, suffered a broken left forearm late last season and missed the final game. All indications are that injury was fully healed. The Panthers finished their offseason workouts last week and Smith began his camp Thursday. Smith has been Carolina’s top receiver through much of his career. With Muhsin Muhammad’s recent retirement, Smith is Carolina’s only established receiver.

The Panthers are hoping Dwayne Jarrett can emerge this season, but they also used early draft picks on receivers Brandon LaFell and Armanti Edwards.

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