Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was not at practice on Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Coach Ron Rivera gave Smith a day off Sunday because of a sore foot, but it is not clear if this absence is related. The Panthers play the New York Jets in their next preseason game Sunday night.
Analysis: Smith is heading into his 12th season, so a day off for being sore is no cause for concern at this point. He is Cam Newton's top target in the passing game and figures to be a really good No. 2 fantasy receiver in most leagues. Smith is coming off a season in which he caught 79 passes for nearly 1,400 yards. He may not reach those numbers this year but he should still be very productive. Monitor this situation just to make sure it's not serious.
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