Panthers Steve Smith says sixty percent chance he plays vs. 49ers

Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts after catching a pass during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Dealing with a sprained PCL, suffered in Week 16, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said there is a 60 percent chance he will play in Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Steve Smith says feeling stronger. Says there’s a 60 percent chance he plays Sunday.

Of course, this comes on the heels of head coach Ron Rivera suggested Smith could have played in Carolina’s season finale he he needed to, so it’s a bit difficult to speculate on what exactly is going on.

One would presume that Smith, who will have had essentially three weeks to recover would have better odds of playing than 60 percent, so is it possible the wide receiver is trying to pull out the dramatics for a late week return? Throw the 49ers off with his injury report? Or is he still really hurting and isn’t completely sure he’ll play?

It seems pretty crazy to think Smith would sit on the sidelines, even hurt given the magnitude of the game and how desperately Carolina will need him in the passing game.

Topics: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, Steve Smith

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  • Cam.45 (Smith&Olsen)

    There is 100% NO WAY Smitty will NOT be playing this weekend….
    You can take that to the BANK! (Of America stadium)

    Panther Pride!
    Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

  • ahrcshaw

    i would like to see Smitty play, but if he is not 100% then he should not play. Reason: I have never seen a player who was hurt out play someone who is not hurt, and in most cases it does not help the team win. Do not take me wrong, I would love to see Smitty play, but not at 3/4 speed as he would be more valuable mentoring from the side lines. Go Panthers and pound those 49ers.

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