Panthers being cautious with Steve Smith

The Carolina Panthers will be cautious with veteran wide receiver Steve Smith and he could sit out Sunday’s preseason meeting with the New York Jets as he recovers from an infected foot.

Smith was on crutches earlier this week and has been held out of practice while he is treated with antibiotics, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

“Putting him out there right now in this situation and circumstances would not be smart, especially if he doesn’t get any practice reps in terms of what we do,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “This is really a game-plan week. We’re approaching this week as if we would any regular-season game. To put a guy out there when he hasn’t had a chance to get those reps would be careless.”

Smith has always been a tough competitor and nothing would surprise us in terms of a quick return for him. But the Panthers need to be careful because without him in their passing game, quarterback Cam Newton will be challenged to throw the ball.

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