Smith has went back and forth this week in regards to his ability to play, but came out Friday morning and suggested he would be on the field.
Rivera however hinted he’ll be a game time decision:
Rivera: “My gut is that (Smith) is going to play, but it’s about how he feels.”
Smith, hurting or not, is going to play in the game. The problem is how effective he’ll be.
A security blanket for Cam Newton, a less than solid Smith is going to be an issue for the Panthers passing game. Thankfully, the mouthy wide receiver still has just under two days to get healthy for the Sunday matchup, but as of right now he still looks to be hampered from a knee injury suffered in Week 16.
Here’s to an extremely speedy recovery.