Steve Smith injury: Panthers WR scheduled for MRI on knee

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina's most prolific downfield weapon might be dealing with a serious injury.

The Carolina Panthers clinched a playoff berth and put themselves in position to be the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but also suffered a potentially devastating blow.

Wide receiver Steve Smith was forced to leave the game with what appeared to be a substantial knee injury. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith will be getting an MRI on Monday. The leading receiver in franchise history is concerned after injuring the knee while trying to plant his foot, per the piece.

"When I went back out there and tried to go, I couldn’t," Smith said. "So the severity and the seriousness of it just kind of weighs on you a little bit."

Read more here:

Smith is quarterback Cam Newton's favorite weapon. Despite being 34 years old, Smith has enjoyed another highly productive season with 64 catches, 745 yards and four touchdowns. Without him, tight end Greg Olsen and wide receiver Brandon Lafell will be looked upon to pick up the considerable slack.

The former Utah Ute and Los Angeles native has proven to be one of the most durable players in the league, not having missed a game since 2010.

More from SB Nation NFL

NFL Week 16: Updates, GIFs and scores | Playoff picture

Peyton Manning breaks Tom Brady's TD record

Cam Newton leads comeback as Carolina clinches playoff berth

NFL mock draft: Can Teddy Bridgewater save the Texans?

Death of a football player: Helmet-to-helmet hit killed Derek Sheely

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.