There was not a lot of reaction from the Panthers to former Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith saying he's "35 years old and I ran around those boys like they were schoolyard kids." As cornerback Josh Norman and safety Charles Godfrey said, "Steve is going to be Steve."
More Norman on Smith, who as he had been all week remained a topic of conversation after catching seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns: "I'm tired of hearing about it. He did what he did and we did what we did."
Quarterback Cam Newton admitted he has to do a better job of getting rid of the ball instead of taking a sack like the one that took Carolina out of field goal range on its first drive. He also tried to take a positive approach, saying, "We're OK. We'll be OK." It kind of sounded like wishful thinking.
Fullback/tight end Richie Brockel walked to the bus with a walking boot on his right foot. "We'll know more tomorrow," he said.
Linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring) said he was a few yards away on a running drill from showing the burst trainers were looking for to allow him to play. He vowed to be back next week for Chicago.