Brendan Maloy
Sunday December 22nd, 2013

Steve Smith has 63 receptions for the Panthers this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Steve Smith has 63 receptions for the Panthers this season. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers lost wide receiver Steve Smith to a knee injury in the first half of their win against the New Orleans Saints.

USA Today reports that Smith injured his knee while running a route in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room, although he did return to the field for one play in the second quarter before being declared done for the day.

SI WIRE: Saints' S Kenny Vaccaro leaves game with broken ankle Carolina's win allows them an opportunity to clinch the NFC South with a win over the Falcons next week.

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