It should come as no tremendous surprise that Steve Smith's life, after punching teammate Ken Lucas squarely in the middle of the face when he was not expecting it, has not gone back to normal just quite yet.
He is being hounded by the media, questioned by fans, has been suspended two games and now, is dealing with a concussion (via that charming, brilliant and humble gentleman that runs Mister Mittens) that he suffered in Saturday night's preseason game.
Smith took a helmet-to-helmet shot from a Colts defender on a 19-yard reception from Matt Moore, Smith's only reception of the game. Coach John Fox said Smith, who is suspended for the Panthers' first two regular-season games, was day-to-day with the injury.It really shouldn't be shocking though -- and if you think about it, if Smith gets off with a two game suspension and a mild concussion for knocking a teammate in the face, well, that's pretty light, actually.
In terms of being ready for the season, he's got time (because of the suspension) so again, probably not a big deal. What is interesting though, is how he suffered this: a helmet-to-helmet on a 19 yard catch in a preseason game. That screams that we normal people aren't the only ones outraged by his violence on a teammate.
And it means that Smith could be facing plenty of hard tackles from opposing DB's all season long. And yes, by "tackles" I mean "attempted decapitations."
Fantasy Spin: Smith is quickly dropping down draft boards; once a lock job top two round pick, you can get him in the fourth at this point, and I'm still advising that you go after him in a strong manner. No one in the NFL plays better with a chip on their shoulder, and Smith is going to have people gunning for him all year long, not to mentioning questioning his abilities to be a normal human being and football player. At that stage of the draft, he's essentially your WR2 and if you can limp through the first two weeks at no worse than 1-1, then you're going to have a sickner WR corps.