Panthers WR Smith out against the Saints

By STEVE REED - AP Sports Writer
    2013-12-22 13:22

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith will not return after injuring his knee in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Smith initially injured the knee running a slant route in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room for observations. He returned midway through the second quarter with the Panthers trailing 6-0 and ran one route, but was limping noticeably. He quickly pulled himself out of the game and walked straight to the locker room while favoring his left knee.

Smith has been replaced by Ted Ginn Jr.

Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro's return is doubtful after he injured his lower left leg. Vaccaro was carted off the field after the medical staff placed an air cast placed on his left leg.

Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole injured his calf and his return is doubtful.