Not much to say from Panthers on Steve Smith's 'schoolyard' comment


BALTIMORE -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 38-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens:

  • 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.