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Lucas accepts Smith's apology as players return to Panthers camp

Updated: August 4, 2008, 10:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Steve Smith apologized and talked about winning back the respect of his teammates, coaches and fans. A battered Ken Lucas accepted Smith's apology and discussed his impending surgery.

And the Carolina Panthers' coaching staff tried to keep the team together after an ugly incident involving two of its highest-paid players.

A subdued, apologetic Smith returned to practice Monday, three days after the three-time Pro Bowl receiver punched Lucas in the face at practice ...

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