As we collectively let our breath out upon learning the x-rays on Panthers WR Steve Smith were negative we are still waiting for the final diagnosis. Here's the early word from Smitty's agent and HC John Fox:
However, Smith's agent, Derrick Fox, said Monday that Smith would likely miss at least two weeks and was considering an MRI exam on the injury, according to the Charlotte Observer.
"Steve has a high threshold of pain, and he's in a lot of pain, so something's off-kilter," Fox said, according to the report.
More after the jump via twitter:
If he's still in Spartanburg and hasn't returned to Charlotte that is good news. It means he doesn't need a specialist to look at it. I do hope they perform an MRI just to check the whole thing out. We still are not out of the woods until he gets an WRI in my view.
As far as 'What now?" QB Jake Delhomme offers this encouragement:
If Smitty misses the season opener it would be the third straight year, two due to injury and one from the suspension.
It's getting better? How about 'feeling' better? Let's hope its one of those injuries that hurts like hell but goes away quick with rest and therapy. So if your still thinking this season is sunk already due to injuries don''t go down that road just yet. Smitty will be back and at least now we don't have to worry about him getting hurt worse in a preseason game. How's that for a bright side?