Panthers WR Steve Smith suffered a shoulder injury in a non-padded practice Monday night, and while X-rays were negative, his status for the preseason is in doubt.
Team officials offered few specifics, but a source with knowledge of the situation said Smith was in considerable pain, and was considering whether to go back to Charlotte for an MRI. The source said it would be a surprise to see Smith during the preseason, based on the early indications.
Smith and CB Chris Gamble got tangled up during one-on-one drills, and Smith went down hard on his right shoulder. He immediately took his helmet off, and kicked it as trainers rushed to his side. He was hauled off the field in a cart moments later for tests.
If he's out any amount of time, the Panthers would likely go with Muhsin Muhammad and Dwayne Jarrett as starters, with Ryne Robinson, Jason Carter and Kenny Moore in reserve. That's a lineup short on deep speed or experience, beyond the 36-year-old Muhammad.