UPDATE: Panthers WR Steve Smith actually comes out of Thursday's practice worse for wear
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UPDATE: Panthers WR Steve Smith actually comes out of Thursday's practice worse for wear

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith did practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but things didn't go smoothly. Smith said today that he has suffered a setback with his injured left knee. Whereas he said he felt 71 percent healthy Wednesday, Smith dropped that number to 57 percent on Thursday. He sprained his left PCL in Week 16.

Fantasy Analysis:

If Smith can't go against the 49ers, Brandon LaFell @Blafell1 and Tedd Ginn would be Cam Newton's top two wideouts. And even if Smith does play, it's clear that he will have to fight through pain. This is bad news for the entire Panthers' offense, and Newton's divisional-round prospects should be downgraded with the likelihood that Smith is out on the field merely as a decoy.

Jonathan Jones via Twitter

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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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