Panthers WR Steve Smith's Status Still Uncertain For Sunday: Fantasy Implications

Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Dolphins 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The status of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (foot infection) remains uncertain for Sunday's preseason game against the New York Jets. We break down the fantasy implications.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith's status for Sunday's preseason game is still uncertain because of a foot infection, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Smith missed practice again Thursday, a day after he was seen on crutches returning to Bank of America Stadium with the team's trainer. Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that the team is waiting for swelling to go down before determining if the veteran will play against the New York Jets.

Analysis: This has to be annoying for Smith, who is Carolina's top receiver and a solid No. 2 fantasy receiver in most leagues. The infection developed after last week's preseason game against Miami, but it still doesn't sound like anyone thinks he's going to miss any regular season games. As long as that is the case, fantasy owners should continue to draft Smith as they see fit.

For more on the Panthers check out Catch Scratch Reader.

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