We are still about a month away from training camp and the Carolina Panthers are dropping fast. All-Pro wide receiver Steve Smith is the latest to go down with an injury. Smith broke his arm playing flag football over the weekend and is going to be on the shelf for a while. He had surgey to repair the fracture on Sunday.
The good news is that his agent thinks Smith will be back in time for the start of the season. The bad news is this is the second time Smith has snapped a bone in arm in the past year. Last season the 31 year old receiver broke his arm, albeit in a different place, during the next to last regular season game.
This news comes less than a month after the team learned starting linebacker Thomas Davis re-injured his surgically repaired knee during a non-contact drill. He is expected to miss all of next season.
That means the Panthers have lost arguably their best defensive player for the season and their best offensive player for at least a majority of the preseason. That combined with the offseason losses of Jake Delhomme and Julius Peppers leave the Panthers with a slew of questions this summer.
Carolina fans are hoping this offseason isn’t an indication of a long season ahead. It is sure starting to look that way though.
Or, if you want the “glass is half full” approach, you could say it can’t get much worse.
You hope not anyway.