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SANTA CLARA -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who did not play in the final regular-season game due to a knee injury, was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Smith sustained a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Dec. 22 in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints. He was inactive for the next week’s game at the Atlanta Falcons.
Smith is expected to play in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the 49ers. When the club met in November, Smith caught six passes for 63 yards. Smith caught 64 passes for 745 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
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San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers did not practice due to a right hamstring strain. Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder) did not practice, either.
Center Jonathan Goodwin and defensive tackle Justin Smith took their customary Wednesday off from practice. Both are expected to return to practice on Thursday.
49ers practice report
Did not participate in practice
DT Demarcus Dobbs (knee, shoulder), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), WR Michael Crabtree (wrist), RB Frank Gore (knee), LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Panthers status report
DT Colin Cole (calf), WR Steve Smith (knee)
TE Ben Hartsock (knee), S Quintin Mikell (thumb), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee)