Steve Smith expected to be out 10 weeks


Steve Smith expected to be out 10 weeks

Doctors have reportedly told the Carolina Panthers that WR Steve Smith @89SteveSmith should be sidelined for 10 weeks with the broken arm he suffered over the weekend playing flag football. This means Smith is going to miss all of training camp, but will be back in time for the Panthers' season opener against the NY Giants on September 12th.

Fantasy Analysis:

Missing training camp will hurt Smith, but it could actually help the Panthers also in that they will find out what Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, and David Gettis bring to the table. Smith developed good chemistry with Matt Moore and put up his best numbers in Moore's starts at QB last season,. However, Moore started only 5 games at QB for the Panthers last season, so the two could have used some more time together working on their chemistry and timing. I think this will change Smith's ADP slightly in a negative manner because he has a new starting QB who will be throwing him balls in 2010 and only had a quarter of a season to work with Moore last season. Therefore, Moore and Smith might miss a few steps trying to connect with each other until week 3 or possibly even week 4 or 5 of the NFL season, but after that, expect Smith to have a rebound season with a 1,000 plus yards and at least a repeat of his 7 TD's from last season.


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