Charlotte, N.C. Steve Smith marked his return to the Carolina Panthers Wednesday by making spectacular catches in practice, joking with teammates, avoiding reporters - and making a posting on his blog that claims he wasn't entirely at fault the first time he attacked a teammate.
It was all part of a bizarre day as the Panthers' top playmaker practiced for the first time since ending his two-game suspension for breaking Ken Lucas' nose with a sucker punch in training camp. It was the second time in his volatile career that he has rearranged a teammate's face.
The Panthers went a surprising 2-0 without their three-time Pro Bowl pick, and insisted again Wednesday the ugly incident was behind them.
"I truly forgave my teammate, my brother," said Lucas, who underwent minor surgery to set his nose. "I've truly forgotten about it. The only time I really talk about it is when somebody brings it up and I try to shoot it down as much as possible."