Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith Injures Shoulder

Charles BloomfieldContributor IAugust 11, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 08:  Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 8, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith injured his right shoulder after hitting the ground hard and colliding with cornerback Chris Gamble at practice. Luckily, X-rays came back negative.

Smith did not inform anybody about his return to the practice field, but did say he'd be ready for the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 13.

It's unlikely that Smith will play during the preseason. He could be replaced by third-year wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who has been a bust his first two seasons and has yet to score a touchdown.