What he can't predict is how his sprained left knee will feel during the game.
Smith said Monday "it's not about can I go. It's about how confident do I feel when I am going. I will play Sunday. But it's about how much I don't worry about the knee -- and that's when the confidence increases."
The 34-year-old Smith says the knee "felt good" after doing some cutting during a light practice Monday. He's expected to test it out more thoroughly Wednesday.
Smith, Carolina's all-time leading in touchdowns, sprained the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Carolina's Week 16 win over New Orleans. He sat out the regular-season finale against Atlanta.
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