When Smith's agent originally announced how Steve broke his arm again, he stated that the injury happened while playing flag football at a youth football camp. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk later reported that Smith was playing in an adult recreation league flag football championship game.
There are a lot of issues that can come out of this if Florio is correct. In the standard NFL players contract there is a paragraph that prohibits the player to play or do something that can cause injury WITHOUT the permission of the team he is playing for.
"Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury."
It seems as if Steve Smith himself doesn't actually know what he was doing and may need some help to figure it out.
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I have just a couple of questions for Steve that will help provide the answer.
Steve, when you broke your arm:
1. Where the people around you wearing Sponge Bob Square Pants shirts?
2. Were the people around you under 4 foot tall or over 4 foot tall?
3. Could they throw the ball more than 10 yards?
4. Were you stopping for a lot of snack and juice breaks?
5. Were the participant's parents watching?
6. Did the people around you drive to the outing or did they get dropped off in the car pool lane?
By answering the questions above, Steve should be able to figure out what he was really doing when he broke his arm. This happens to be the same arm (left radius) that he broke last year in week 16 on a 27 yard touchdown grab against the New York Giants and missed the final game of the season. I felt bad for Smith when he broke his arm last year, he was just 18 yards shy of 1,000 yards receiving for his 5th consecutive year. Smith finished the 2009 season with 982 yards receiving on 65 catches with 7 touchdowns.
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While breaking the same arm as he did in 2009, he broke it in a different spot. Obviously Smith's left arm is much weaker and more fragile since the initial surgery to put it back together. This has been reported by many as a very simple brake, however, he required surgery to place a plate and screw to secure the bone and put it back together. This doesn't sound like such a simple brake to me. Just like Humpty Dumpty when he fell off the wall, Steve had a bad fall and the doctor was able to put Steve back together again.
How much will this injury affect his play this year? He will be playing with a QB that he has very little playing time with in Matt Moore or a rookie QB that Smith has never even had a practice with in Jimmy Clausen. Either way, Smith will miss most of training camp and probably a pre-season game or two.
This will not only slow down the production of Smith, it will also hamper the scoring opportunities of the Carolina Panthers. Timing is essential in the NFL for the QB and receiver's and not having training camp and pre-season games to get this down will probably cause the Panther's some scoring opportunities in the first part of the season if not all of it.
Steve Smith's injuries:
In 2004, Smith broke his leg in the season opener against the Packers and missed the entire season.
In 2006, Smith pulled his hamstring and had an ingrown toenail which made him miss the first two games of the season.
In 2008, Smith broke teammate Ken Lucas's nose in a fight at training camp and was suspended by the team for two games.
In 2009, Smith broke his left arm (radius) during week 16 and missed the final game of the year.
June 19th or 20th, 2010 (not sure which day yet), Smith broke his left arm again as reported in this article. - Bob Bearden
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