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.