Panthers WR Steve Smith has sprained PCL, won't play Sunday
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Panthers WR Steve Smith has sprained PCL, won't play Sunday

The Panthers got some good news after what looked to be an ugly scene when wide receiver Steve Smith suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed that Smith has a sprained PCL. Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Smith won't play Sunday versus the Falcons, but he hopes to have his star wideout back for the start of the playoffs. Ted Ginn Jr. @CCM_Theodo will start in Smith's spot in Week 17. The Panthers can clinch an NFC South title and a first-round bye if they beat Atlanta.

Fantasy Analysis:

I always fear the worst with non-contact knee injuries, but it sounds like Smith may be out only a week or two. Ginn is a desperation WR3 in Week 17 against the Falcons' abysmal pass defense.

Associated Press

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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