"I love to play, but I have to be healthy," Smith said, according to the team's official website. "I feel like I'm healthy. I'm out of the boot and I don't have much pain so I'm able to move around. So I feel good."
Smith, who missed time in the preseason with a broken arm, was injured during the second half of the Panthers' 16-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. He had 13 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns before being hurt -- still the only two touchdowns tallied by the receiving corps.
"It's nice to have him back," Panthers center Ryan Kalil said. "He's a big-time playmaker for us, and it obviously hurts all aspects of our game -â including the run -â when someone like Steve isn't out there."
"We're 0-5, so there aren't a lot of guys making plays," Smith said. "We've got to change that up, for everybody."