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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Steve Smith suffers injury to finger

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith injured his finger during Tuesday's padded practice, but coach Ron Rivera confirmed it's not broken and isn't anything that will keep him out of any regular season games.

Smith, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, sustained a cut near the base of his left middle finger that required stitches, but X-rays revealed no broken bones. Smith injured the finger while attempting to catch a pass in Tuesday morning's practice.

"There was no dislocation," Rivera said. "The ball went right in between (his fingers)."

Smith, the team's No. 1 receiver, left Tuesday's practice early on a golf cart to have his finger checked out by the medical staff. He did not participate in the night practice. He's expected to miss about a week or so. Smith was spotted in the team's dining room a few hours after the injury with the middle finger on his left hand heavily wrapped.

"It's one of those things that just happens," Smith told CBSSports.com. "I'm going to get stiches, take the stitches out, and then I'll be ready to go again. It will be a week to a week-and-half. It just depends on how the stitches heal."

Smith is the team's all-time leader in touchdowns and figures to play a pivotal role in Carolina's offense this season.

In other injury news, starting right guard Geoff Schwartz is having his hip examined by doctors after sustaining an injury during Saturday's Fan Fest practice at Bank of America Stadium.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.