Coach Ron Rivera said Steve Smith sat out garbage time in Week 10 to get him rest and allow the Panthers to evaluate younger receivers.
Smith finished with one catch for 19 yards in a loss to the Broncos that sent the Panthers to 2-7. "We're at a point now where we're looking at guys," Rivera said. "Steve's a professional and he understands that." The good news for Smith is that the Panthers face the Bucs' league-worst secondary in Week 11.