Steve Smith's First Practice Not What You'd Expect

July 29, 2010 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States - 29July2010: Carolina Panther wide receiver Steve Smith.

How long ago has it been since Steve Smith suffered his second broken arm in a six-month span — the same arm he broke in the December meeting against the New York Giants? It’s not been long enough to be fully recovered, that’s for sure. Not even for “8-9 Killa.”

Of course, there’s more to this one…after the jump.

On his edition of “Inside the Panthers,” Darin Gantt, beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, reported a shocker…something that should raise a few eyebrows — perhaps a few neck hairs, too.

Football practice taking place on the field was of little interest compared to what was taking place on the sidelines. Steve Smith was catching passes from assistant trainer Mark Shermanskywith his broken left arm.

Gantt goes on to say (which I completely agree), “If you’re looking for signs that Smith’s going to be OK for the regular season opener, this might have been a decent one.”

Decent, indeed. My initial thought was, how in the hell could this guy be participating in team drills, etc? But then I realized no, he’s not had that cast off long enough. He must be catching some passes and nothing more. So that was good, until I read further that he was using his broken left arm to do so, which got me fired up again, as I scolded the computer screen much like a parent would their child: “SMITTY!!!”

In hindsight, I’d expect nothing less from the guy. If he were still just pacing the sideline, I’d be quite accepting of that, due to the magnitude of the injury. But somewhere in the back of my mind — and many fans too — I’d be wondering, is this it for Smith? Is the man really starting his descent from the apex of his career?

Catching passes on the sideline, using his broken arm, answers my question with a resounding “NO!”

On a side note, there has been very little — none, in fact — news reported on No. 2 receiver Dwayne Jarrett, which if I was a gambling man, I’d bet that’s because Jarrett hasn’t done anything in the last four practices (aside from improve his game) to warrant a verbal beating from Darin Gantt.

All joking aside, I was told by a reliable source, that Jarrett has in fact shown some decent improvement since the team’s first training camp practice. Sometimes, no news is good news.

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  • J. Gore

    What can I say? The guy is simply unbelievable. Keep it to working on mechanics though Smitty. Don’t wanna see him getting jammed at the line for at least four more weeks. I hate seeing any player get hurt but especially the recent injury to Ravens starting cb Dominique Foxworth. That guy would have been true test to see how far our guys have progressed. (Kenneth Moore, Dwayne Jarrett, and Brandon LaFell) They each would have had reps against one of the leagues premier dbs.

  • mcap

    I thought for a second you were going to tell us he broke something else(heart beating regular again). Smitty is a hungry guy,always has been. Coming back from a broken arm like this is not something seen too often in football,or any other game. I think maybe he is also realizing that his chances for a ring are getting slimmer, he may want to get better himself,and also be out there on the field coaching the young guys,getting them ready.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Nah, I hate being the bearer of bad news. Anytime bad news about significant players breaks, I wait a day or so before I write about it, to allow someone else to be the bearer of bad news, lol.

      Smitty’s got that hungry drive in him, which doesn’t surprise me, but reading that he was catching passes with his broken left arm, made me cringe. Can’t help it, lol.

      He did state earlier last week, that he had noticed he was losing muscle mass, so I understand his desire to want to get back in and going again.

      Thanks for the read and comment, M!