Panthers likely to be without Smith

Carolina Panthers coach John Fox will be meeting with the media in a little over an hour and he’ll likely provide some sort of update on wide receiver Steve Smith's ankle injury.

Fox is known to be vague on injuries, so we might not get any definitive answers. But it sure appears likely Smith will miss at least one game. The Panthers host Chicago on Sunday. After that they’ve got a bye week.

If Smith can’t go, the Panthers likely will start rookies Brandon LaFell and David Gettis. They also have Dwayne Jarrett, who has not been a factor. Rookie Armanti Edwards has yet to be active for a game.

But Edwards may make his debut this week if Smith is out. By the way, I’ll try to get ESPN Stats & Information to check to see how infrequently this has happened. But it looks like we’ll have two teams in the division starting two rookie receivers this week.

Tampa Bay has been starting Mike Williams since the start of the season and fellow rookie Arrelious Benn was getting work with the first team this week.