Steve Smith injury update: Panthers wide receiver says he had setback Thursday, listed as limited

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We have a bit of a Steve Smith update as the Panthers wide receiver gets ready for Sunday's game with the 49ers. Is it all gamesmanship? New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The Carolina Panthers held their second full practice of the week, and wide receiver Steve Smith was listed as limited. Smith suffered a PCL sprain in Week 16. He sat out Week 17, and has been slowly working his way back through the Panthers bye week. Smith met with the media and said he had suffered a bit of a setback on Thursday.

Head coach Ron Rivera would not commit to anything with regard to Smith playing on Sunday.

At this point, I would bet good money Steve Smith plays on Sunday. I also think that Smith's comments in particular could be viewed as some gamesmanship to keep the 49ers on their toes.

My guess is we'll see Smith listed as "Questionable" on the final injury report, but I can't see him missing his first playoff game since 2008. Ted Ginn has been very solid for them as a deep threat, and Brandon LaFell can make some plays, but Steve Smith and Greg Olsen are the keys to this passing attack (well, them AND Cam Newton!).

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