CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said his left knee feels "fine" and hopes to be ready to play Sunday against San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoffs.
"I will be all right," Smith said after Friday's practice. "I should be OK."
Panthers coach Ron Rivera listed Smith, running back Jonathan Stewart and defensive tackle Colin Cole as questionable — or 50 percent — for Sunday on the team's injury report.
"My gut says he'll play," Rivera said of Smith, the team's all-time leading receiver.
Smith sprained his posterior cruciate ligament in a Week 16 win over New Orleans and has not played since for the Panthers (12-4).
Smith, who has been coy about the injury all week and pulled some bizarre numbers out of thin air to describe his health, looked up at his jersey number and joked there's an "89 percent" chance he'll play against the 49ers.
Smith had estimated Wednesday he was 71 percent and then downgraded himself to 57 percent on Thursday before finally saying that, "Honestly, I just randomly pick numbers."
Smith grinned and said that he settled on 57 percent after winning a rock-paper-scissors matchup with injured offensive lineman Jeff Byers on Thursday.