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Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is showing no signs of slowing down as he continues his march toward possibly becoming the first Panther in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Smith's latest 100-yard receiving game Sunday against Atlanta was the 43rd of his career, putting him in the top 10 in NFL history.
He currently ranks 26th all-time in yards receiving and 32nd in receptions.
And while those numbers might not be quite good enough to earn him a bronze bust in Canton, Ohio, those who best know the 33-year-old best say he's far from finished.
Coach Ron Rivera says Smith ''still plays like he's 22.''
Smith is in his 12th NFL season and again leads Carolina in receptions and enters Sunday's game against San Diego with 999 yards receiving.
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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is out for Sunday's game against San Diego with an ankle injury.Fantasy Spin:Stewart suffered a left high-ankle sprain and has missed Carolina's last two games. Coach Ron Rivera said Brandon LaFell was closer to returning than Stewart and with a healthy DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert there was no reason to rush Stewart back into the lineup.
Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell (foot, toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego. Coach Ron Rivera called it 50-50 when asked about the chance of Lafell playing.Fantasy Spin:Not only does LaFell have a turf toe injury, he's also dealing with a chipped bone in his foot. Louis Murphy will start if LaFell is inactive and caught five balls for 36 yards last week.
There was something of a controversy that came about following the Panthers' upset victory over the Falcons last Sunday, when Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy told Falcons players to "get the f**k off our field."
Proving payback is indeed a female dog, it was the same comment quarterback Matt Ryan made after Atlanta's Week 4 win.
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DVOA: -1.6% (16th)
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