Steve Smith vows to suit up for NFC divisional playoffs

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he'll play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs. He missed the team's regular-season finale with a sprained knee ligament.

Panthers wide receiver has been nursing sore knee

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says his left knee "felt good" after doing some cutting during a light practice Monday. He missed the regular-season finale with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he'll play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoffs.

What he can't predict is how his sprained left knee will feel during the game.

Smith said Monday "it's not about can I go. It's about how confident do I feel when I am going. I will play Sunday. But it's about how much I don't worry about the knee, and that's when the confidence increases."

The 34-year-old Smith says the knee "felt good" after doing some cutting during a light practice Monday. He's expected to test it out more thoroughly Wednesday.

Smith, Carolina's all-time leading in touchdowns, sprained his posterior cruciate ligament in Carolina's Week 16 win over New Orleans and sat out the regular season finale against Atlanta.

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