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Steve Smith Breaks Arm Playing Flag Football, Undergoes Surgery

CHARLOTTE, NC - APRIL 26:  Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and his wife Angie sit courtside during the NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Magic defeated the Bobcats 99-90 to complete the 4-game sweep.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images)
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Shaun AhmadSenior Analyst IJune 21, 2010

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith broke his arm and underwent surgery last night.

How did he break his arm?

Playing flag football, of course.

In his defense, it was during his annual football camp, and it seems to be a freak injury.

He is expected to be back on the field by the start of the regular season, though the Panthers have not issued any formal announcement or timetable for his return. It will be interesting to see if they take any sort of disciplinary action against Smith, as he suffered his injury in a non-football-related event. 



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