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Panthers WR Steve Smith: 'I should be OK' for Sunday's playoff game against 49ers

  • Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith reaches for a catch during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart are returning from injuries. The Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith reaches for a catch during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart are returning from injuries. The Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith reaches for a catch  during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart are returning from injuries. The Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith reaches for a catch during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart are returning from injuries. The Panthers face the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC Divisional playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says his left knee feels "fine" and hopes to be ready to play Sunday against San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoffs.

Smith says, "I will be all right. I should be OK."

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 Friday 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 said he ran about five routes in practice before it started raining hard.

The receiver says, "I didn't want to aggravate it."

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