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Panthers receiver Smith breaks arm in non-contact football

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has broken his left arm playing non-contact football and will miss the start of training camp next month, the team said on Monday.

The four-times Pro Bowler, who broke the same arm last season, had surgery on Sunday.

“Steve has talked to me and feels terrible about it,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “Now his focus is on the rehabilitating process and getting back as quickly as he can.”

According to media reports, Smith sustained the injury after falling.

He led Carolina receivers with 65 catches, 982 yards and seven touchdowns last season as the team compiled an 8-8 record and failed to reach the playoffs.

The Panthers, who start training camp on July 28, open the regular season on September 12 against the New York Giants.

Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Tony Jimenez