Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers have listed Steve
Smith as questionable for this weekend's NFC Divisional Playoff matchup with
the San Francisco 49ers, though head coach Ron Rivera was optimistic that the
veteran wide receiver will be on the field come Sunday.
Smith sustained a PCL sprain in his left knee during Carolina's 17-13 win over
NFC South-rival New Orleans on Dec. 22 and sat out the club's regular-season
finale at Atlanta as a result.
With the second-seeded Panthers receiving a bye in last weekend's Wild Card
Round, Smith was a limited practice participant in the days leading up to
"My gut is that Smith will play, but it's about how he feels," Rivera told
Running back Jonathan Stewart and defensive tackle Colin Cole are also
questionable for Sunday's tilt, though Stewart seems likely to return from a
knee injury after practicing fully throughout the week.
Stewart sat out Carolina's final three regular-season contests after tearing
the MCL in his right knee in early December. Cole missed the Week 17 game at
Atlanta with a calf injury and practiced on a limited basis on Friday.
San Francisco's only notable injury concern is starting cornerback Carlos
Rogers, who sat out practice for a third straight day Friday with a hamstring
strain that also kept him out of last Sunday's opening-round win at Green Bay.
The 49ers officially termed him questionable on the final injury report.
Reserve linebacker Dan Skuta (foot) is also questionable for the 49ers, with
key contributors such as running back Frank Gore (knee), wide receiver Michael
Crabtree (wrist), linebacker NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and defensive lineman
Justin Smith (shoulder) all expected to play on Sunday.
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