Posted by Will Brinson
Steve Smith (the Carolina Panthers version) is one of the most quotable dudes in the NFL. Sometimes he makes people angry with his words -- sometimes he also cheeses them off with his actions, too! -- but for the most part, he's a hysterical dude.
An excellent example of that emerged today, when Smith told the Gaston Gazette 's Steve Reed that he "may have to wear something on [his arm] to keep it 'Chump proof.'"
That's a direct reference to Michael Johnson, the Giants' safety responsible for Smith's original arm-break last season; Smith believes that Johnson nailed him with a cheap shot, causing the break.
Of course, he could also be discussing himself, since he did break it a second time while playing flag football in the offseason ...
Either way, Smith escaped the PUP list and is apparently participating in drills with the Panthers on Monday. Preseason games aren't out of reach, but John Fox wasn't telling whether they were likely or not, so for now we'll leave them at unlikely, meaning Smith will probably make his debut in the Panthers' regular season opener.
Until further notice anyway.
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