MRI Reveals Minor Knee Injury for Panthers' Steve Smith -

WR has PCL Sprain; Will Miss Falcons Game, but Playoffs remain possibility

MRI Reveals Minor Knee Injury for Panthers' Steve Smith

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Charlotte, NC - Steve Smith suffered a PCL sprain in the Carolina Panthers' 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The relatively minor knee injury will keep Smith out of action for the Panthers final regular season game, but Smith's availability for the playoffs remains a distinct possibility.

Smith hurt his knee in the first quarter of Sunday's game.  It was a non-contact injury, on a play in which Smith pulled up lame, reaching for his knee after a slant route. Smith immediately went down, and stayed down for several moments.

After the game, Smith said he "felt a pop", leading many to wonder if Smith's season may have ended on that play. But Monday's MRI revealed the minor damage, and kept alive Smith's hopes to play in the playoffs.

"Good news," Ron Rivera said to begin his press conference on Monday. "It's a sprain. He'll be treated week to week. Very good news, considering the alternative.

"He's highly doubtful for this week," Rivera added, making it clear that Smith will all but assuredly miss the Panthers game in Atlanta. "But it's very optimistic as we go forward."
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