Steve Smith hasn't participated in any Panthers practices since fracturing his arm in June. On Monday the Panthers activated him off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and he caught live passes for the first time since the injury.
Smith took part in only non-contact drills without defensive backs at the beginning of Monday's workout, during which he wore a baseball cap. But Smith looked sharp running routes and made a leaping grab of Matt Moore's high pass.
When the injury occurred, doctors said he'd be out 10 weeks. Activating him off PUP is another indication that he'll be ready for the regular season opener though head coach John Fox wouldn't commit to Smith being ready.
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