Report: Steve Smith's broken arm coming along nicely

Steve Smith’s recovery from one of the head-scratching injuries of all time – a broken arm suffered while playing in an adult recreation flag football game – is going well.

Smith had surgery last month after suffering the injury to the same arm he broke in a December meeting with the New York Giants, and at the time it was announced the Carolina Panthers wide receiver would need 10 weeks to recover. That timetable put him on course for a return just before the start of the regular season.

Now, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Smith could be back before the final preseason game. Why the Panthers would want to play Smith in a game with as much meaning as that adult recreation flag football game is beyond us, but hey, that’s why we get paid the small bucks. The point is Smith could be back on the field in practice and serve as one of the few (only?) experienced NFL wide receivers for the Panthers and new quarterback Matt Moore. Stay tuned.

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